Bola Tinubu, former Lagos Governor and leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has finally found his voice.
This is coming just two days after the death of his first son, Jide.
Tinubu in a statement by his media aide, Tunde Rahman, said his son’s death is a reminder that “none of us knows when our last day shall be”.
“My son was a highly intelligent person with a vibrant personality and a zest for life. He followed his own course and made his own way on his own terms,” he said.
“Those who knew him could not help but like him. Yet, he was taken away by cardiac arrest when it seemed he had so much life to still live.
“This is a reminder that we must live each day to its best as none of us knows when our last day shall be.
“Mortality comes upon us all. We have no choice in that but we do have a choice whether we shall be good or bad, just or unjust. Let us all strive toward the best in ourselves.
“As a father, i must spend time putting my arms around the family he has left behind.
“Jide lived for so long in London and there he has left behind a darling wife and three precious boys. My wife Remi and i have gone to London to be with them at this painful time to support and help them.
“Please excuse our absence from Lagos for a while but it is essential that we are with them. Prayers are being offered and will continue to be offered for the repose of his soul. I have suffered a grave loss that no parent would like to bear.”
“We must seek a lesson in every loss. Your reaction to my son’s passing has taught me that we can be a people of profound love and humanity when we want to be,” he said.
“People of every tribe, region, faith and every political affiliation have expressed their sympathy and extended to me the embrace of a brother or sister.
“Even those who don’t agree with me politically have shown strong support and care indistinguishable from that of my associates. This says so much about the innate goodness in all of us. For no matter what, we are not foes or enemies. We are all of one human stock, a single nation, one family.”