Thousands of friends, family members, colleagues and well-wishers on Tuesday paid their last respect to Deji Tinubu as his remains were buried at the Vaults and Gardens in Ikoyi, Lagos.
The Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode slumped and died last week Thursday while playing a novelty football match in Epe, during the retreat of the Lagos State Executive Council.
Dignitaries at the lying in state and funeral service held at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Victoria Island, Lagos, include wife of Nigeria’s Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Ogun Governor Ibikunle Amosun, among others.
In the special tribute to Tinubu, the Secretary to Lagos State Government, Mr Tunji Bello 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 sportsman and sports lover. But he was unforgettable as a sports administrator. Those who followed him knew him as a symbol of service to humanity,” he said.
Amosun at the service described the late 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 will answer the final call on January 25 which happen to be my birthday. Deji was full of life and had a deep passion for football,” Amosun said.
He commiserated with Governor Ambode and the State Government, adding that Deji’s call to glory was an act of God.
Wife of the Vice President, Mrs Yemi Osinbajo who prayed for the family of the deceased, urged them to take comfort in God and prayed that God will sustain his wife and children.
Other dignitaries at the service include President of Dangote Group of Companies, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, former governor of Anambra State, Dr Peter Obi, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, Mr Dele Momodu, Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi, members of the Lagos State Executive Council, Body of Permanent Secretaries, members of the Lagos State House of Assembly, sports aficionados, among others.