There has been an outpouring of grief in the social media following the sudden death on Thursday of Deji Tinubu, Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Commerce and Industry.
The 54 year-old soccer enthusiast, reportedly slumped around 7.30pm during a five-a-side novelty football match in Epe on Thursday, on the sideline of a retreat for Lagos cabinet members, permanent secretaries, directors of ministries.
After the application of first aid by the Lagos State Emergency Service failed to revive him, he was rushed to the Epe General Hospital, where he was confirmed dead.
Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy confirmed the death, expressing deep shock.
“I spoke with him just one hour before the match and he was asking me how I was settling down to the new assignment as information commissioner. He never showed any sign of illness. He was even adjudged to be the fittest around during a compulsory routine medical check for everyone attending the retreat”, Bamigbetan said.
He told News Agency of Nigeria that an official statement will be issued later today on the tragedy.
“We had to first inform the family before issuing any statement”, he said.
Deji Tinubu suddenly groaned in pain during the football match before he slumped.
Tinubu was the Chairman, Lagos Sports Commission and Special Adviser to the Governor on Sports. He was later made the Special Adviser on Sports alone after the sports commission chairman was given to another person by Ambode.
At the recent Cabinet reshuffle by Ambode, he was redeployed to Commerce and Industry as Special Adviser before his death.
Tinubu was also the Director General, Lagos Sports Commission during the former Governor Babatunde Fashola’s tenure.
Deji’s death was the second to hit the Tinubu clan in the two months. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s first son, Jide died in November 2017.
There has been an outpouring of grief on Twitter since the report of Deji Tinubu’s death.
We lost a member of the Lagos State Executive Council last night, Mr. Deji Tinubu, the Special Adviser on Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives. A fine gentleman and team player who was committed and passionate about the Lagos vision.
May his soul Rest in Peace. pic.twitter.com/V9ZiUH43HR
— Akinwunmi Ambode (@AkinwunmiAmbode) January 26, 2018
Good night DEJI TINUBU (5TH LEFT, EARLIER TODAY, BEFORE HIS SUDDEN DEATH)… Rest in Peace, dear Brother… pic.twitter.com/HvM1tDnjYK
— Dele Momodu Ovation (@DeleMomodu) January 25, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of former Executive Committee member of the NFF, Mr. Deji Tinubu following his sudden demise last night. We are still in shock as we pray for the repose of his soul. #RIPDejiTinubu pic.twitter.com/b42LMrPu68
— The NFF ?? (@thenff) January 26, 2018
The news of Deji Tinubu’s death is too shocking to comprehend. He was everybody’s favorite friend on radio. He made you fall in love with football analysis. He will be surely missed.
— Yinka Ogunnubi (@yinkanubi) January 25, 2018
Deji Tinubu Is Dead
The immediate past Special Adviser to Gov @AkinwunmiAmbode on Sports, Deji Tinubu, is dead.
He was said to have slumped while playing football on Thursday afternoon and later died same evening
Very sad one ??
May the Almighty console the family pic.twitter.com/E146oTQuDu
— CBN Gov Akinsola Ak (@cbngov_akin1) January 26, 2018
You were a friend, brother and cherished pioneer member of Jeun S’Oke FC, our football fraternity. You blazed a bright, shining path across this earth. You were a man for all seasons. We will miss you, Deji Tinubu. Requescat in pace. pic.twitter.com/3Wu9wmUKEr
— Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin (@muyiwag) January 26, 2018
I grew up listening to Deji Tinubu on Cool FM. 7:45am to 8am. This is a really sad news. May his soul Rest In Peace. This is shocking a news. Prayers to the loved ones he left behind.
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) January 25, 2018