Five Days after Tragic Death, Osinbajo, Ambode, Amosun others Bid Deji Tinubu Final Farewell in Lagos


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Eulogies were showered on the late Special Adviser on Commerce and Industry in Lagos, Mr Deji Tinubu, who slumped and died last Thursday during a novelty football match in Epe.

The Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, his Ogun state counterpart, Governor Ibikunle Amosun, and the wife of the Vice President, Dolapo Osinbajo, were among mourners at the final burial service held for the late Tinubu in Lagos today.

According to The Elite report, the late Tinubu was buried at the Vaults & Gardens, Ikoyi, Lagos, after the lying-in-state ceremony held at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG City of David, Victoria Island.

In a brief remark during the burial service, Amosun described the late Tinubu as a brilliant individual whom he admired a lot.

The governor said it was quite painful that he died on his birthday, January 25.

“The last time I spoke with him (Deji Tinubu), I told him about some new projects I wanted to execute in Ogun State, and he was very excited with them, he told me he would come and see me in 2018 but now he is no more,” the governor lamented.

While speaking on the late Tinubu, who was a member of the NFF Executive Committee in 2010 and served as Chairman of the Marketing and Sponsorship Committee under the Aminu Maigari administration of 2010-2014, NFF President Amaju Pinnick submitted that it was a great loss.

He said, “Earlier this month, we were all together in Accra, Ghana for the AITEO-CAF African Football Awards. He was in the entourage of Governor Ambode and was his usual lively self.

“In truth, we cannot find the right words to mourn with Governor Ambode and the Lagos State Government. This is heart-rending. However, we find solace in the fact that Ayodeji Tinubu has gone to rest, and that he left giant footprints in the sands of time. We pray that the Almighty God will comfort the entire Lagos State Government structure and grant his widow and the children the fortitude to bear the big loss.”

The late Tinubu is survived by an aged mother, Bintu Tinubu, wife, Yemisi and two children.

Ambode and wife at the burial.