It was a truly emotional sight for family and friends of Mr. Deji Tinubu, a special adviser to Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos state, as he was laid to rest in Lagos.
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, 2018.
The funeral service which took place at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), City of David in Victoria Island had in attendance Akinwunmi Ambode, the governor of Lagos and his wife; Ibikunle Amosun, his Ogun counterpart and his wife; Tunji Bello, secretary to Lagos state government.
Also present was Dolapo Osinbajo, wife of the vice-president; Aliko Dangote, billionaire businessman; Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra; Olorunnimbe Mamora, a former senator and members of the Lagos house of assembly.
Speaking at the service, Amosun 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 Ambode and the state government, adding that Deji’s call to glory was an act of God.
“God’s ways are not our ways, when it happens like this, we have to thank Him. With all what has been said about him clearly shows that we have to be thankful to God for his life in the 54 years he spent with us,” Amosun said.
Deji Tinubu, a good guy goes home….This morning at the RCCG, City of David pic.twitter.com/xgqd5ASyh0
— michael effiong (@mikeffiong) January 30, 2018
Osinbajo’s wife prayed for the family of the deceased, urging them to take comfort in God.
In his sermon, pastor in charge of RCCG, City of David, Idowu Iluyomade said Deji was a quintessential gentleman and a pillar, who contributed in no small way in building the house 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 everyone 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 the almighty God.