Tears as Deji Tin­ubu is buried in Ikoyi ceme­tery

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - PANORAMA - By Odita Sun­day

LAGOS State gov­er­nor, Mr. Ak­in­wunmi Am­bode, his coun­ter­part in Ogun State, Sen­a­tor Ibikunle Amo­sun and wife of the vice pres­i­dent, Mrs. Do­lapo Os­in­bajo, yes­ter­day led thou­sands of friends, fam­ily mem­bers, col­leagues and well wish­ers to pay their last re­spect to the late Deji Tin­ubu, who passed on last Thursday.

At a well-at­tended ly­ing-in­state and fu­neral ser­vice held at the Re­deemed Chris­tian Church of God, City of David parish, Vic­to­ria Is­land, Lagos, trib­utes, eu­lo­gies and tears poured in freely for Tin­ubu, who un­til his demise was the Spe­cial Ad­viser to Am­bode on Com­merce, In­dus­try and Co­op­er­a­tives.

Deji had slumped while play­ing a nov­elty foot­ball match with some mem­bers of the State Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil at the Ju­bilee Chalets in Epe on Jan­uary 25.

In a spe­cial trib­ute in mem­ory of Tin­ubu pub­lished in the fu­neral ser­vice brochure and signed by the Sec­re­tary to the State Govern­ment, Mr. Tunji Bello, the de­ceased was de­scribed him as a great pro­fes­sional who de­voted his time to the ser­vice of hu­man­ity.

“He was an en­gi­neer, but he was also an en­gi­neer of sports. He was both a sports man and sports lover. But he was un­for­get­table as a sports ad­min­is­tra­tor. Those who fol­lowed him knew him as a sym­bol of ser­vice to hu­man­ity.

“We had seen him en­liven us on tele­vi­sion screens and through ra­dio waves. He was an en­thu­si­ast and an an­a­lyst. He probed the game and pre­dicted it. He pointed out weak­nesses and strengths. He saw flair, he cel­e­brated goals and in­fected all who lis­tened or watched him with his vigour and vi­tal­ity about liv­ing,” the state govern­ment said.

Speak­ing at the ser­vice, Amo­sun de­scribed Deji as a man who had a deep pas­sion for foot­ball and sports in gen­eral. “The last time I saw Deji was when he came to iden­tify with Se­gun Odeg­bami’s 10th an­niver­sary of his sports academy. Lit­tle did I know that Deji would an­swer the fi­nal call last week, which hap­pen to be my birthday?,” Amo­sun said.

Wife of the vice pres­i­dent, Mrs. Do­lapo Os­in­bajo, who prayed for the fam­ily of the de­ceased, urged them to take com­fort in God, while pray­ing that God will sus­tain his wife and chil­dren.

In his ser­mon, Pas­tor in Charge of RCCG, City of David, Idowu Iluy­omade, said Deji was a quin­tes­sen­tial gen­tle­man and a pil­lar, which con­trib­uted in no small way in build­ing the h ouse of God.

“I have known Deji for 22 years. He was a giver and a lover of foot­ball. To the fam­ily, I want you to take so­lace in the fact that every one of us will die or be rap­tured. To­day we cel­e­brate Deji be­cause we know he’s in a bet­ter place. No­body took his life, he died at the ap­pointed time,” he said.

Tak­ing his ser­mon from Isa­iah 43 verse 2, Iluy­omade urged the con­gre­ga­tion to see Deji’s death as a re­minder of the fu­til­ity of life and the need to sub­mit their lives to God.

Other dig­ni­taries present at the ser­vice in­clude pres­i­dent of Dan­gote Group, Al­haji Aliko Dan­gote; for­mer gov­er­nor of Anam­bra State, Dr. Peter Obi; Sen­a­tor Olorun­nimbe Mamora; Mr. Dele Mo­modu; Sen­a­tor Tokunbo Afikuy­omi; mem­bers of the Lagos Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil, body of Per­ma­nent Sec­re­taries, mem­bers of the Lagos House of Assem­bly, sports afi­ciona­dos, among others.

Gov­er­nor of Lagos State, Ak­in­wunmi Am­bode, his wife, Bolanle Am­bode, widow, Yemisi Tin­ubu and chil­dren of the de­ceased at the fu­neral ser­vice yes­ter­day.

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