Deji Tinubu – the special adviser on commerce, industry and cooperatives to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos who died suddenly on Thursday, January 25, 2018 – couldn’t move to his completed house in Ajah area of Lagos, encomium.ng reveals.
And many of his colleagues, friends, associates and family members are distraught that he died before the relocation to his own house.
As his funeral rites begin with a service of songs today (Monday, January 29) at The Redeemed Christian Church of God, City of David parish on Victoria Island (Lagos) at 5 pm, that sad, unfulfilled dream will dominate discussions about the 53-year-old gentleman (born on July 31, 1964).
Deji Tinubu, the father of two children who’s married to Yemisi, a one-time special adviser to Mrs Nike Nelson when she was commissioner for women affairs and poverty alleviation in Lagos, had lived with his aged mum (Mrs. Binta Fatima Tinubu) at the matriarch’s Ikoyi (Lagos) residence.
At the palatial house built by his father, Alhaji Kafaru Tinubu, former Lagos commissioner of police, lawyer and guardian of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Deji and his family lived in an apartment there as he completed his dream house in Ajah.
The new house was ready, and he’s plotting to move in when he died suddenly.
Deji Tinubu, reportedly fit and healthy, screamed as he clutched his chest before slumping on the football pitch of Jubilee Chalets, Epe (Lagos) during a novelty match between cabinet members and permanent secretaries around 7:30 pm on Thursday, January 25.
The match was 1-0 against cabinet members on whose side he played. And ten minutes to the end of the game, he slumped and was ferried to Epe General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
The state’s officials led by Governor Ambode were at the retreat which has now been postponed indefinitely.
The elder brother of Oando’s Wale Tinubu will be buried tomorrow (Tuesday, January 30) at Vaults & Gardens in Ikoyi after a 10 am funeral service at City of David parish.