Pamodzi Sports Marketing company, organisers of the first International Association of
Athletics Federations (IAAF) label road race in Nigeria nay West Africa has expressed shock
and disbelief on the death of Deji Tinubu, former Chairman of Lagos state Sports Commission who also served as the Senior Special Assistant on Sports to His Excellency, Akinwunmi Ambode.
Tinubu slumped and died last Thursday during a novelty football match in Epe at the age of 52.
”In this sorrowful time,I would like to extend to Governor Ambode,staff and members of
Lagos State Sports Commission and indeed all sports loving Lagosians my heartfelt condolences,’said Mike Itemuagbor,chief executive officer of Pamodzi Sports Marketing who
revealed the late Tinubu was a great friend of the Okpekpe international 10km road race family,seeking advice when and where necessary because of the status of the race as the first to be internationally recognised in Nigeria and offerring one as an astute,thoroughbred professional sports administrator.
”The Okpekpe road race family have indeed lost a great friend, but we are consoled by the fact that he left his footsprints on the sands of time.Like the saying goes,a person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for he is still alive in our hearts, through us, he lives on. Our thoughts and prayers are especially with his young wife and two children.May God grant him eternal rest.
Funeral rites for the late Tinubu began Sunday morning with Islamic prayersat his residence at Isiola Oyekan close,off Kofo Abayomistreet,Victoria Island,Lagos.It was followed in the evening at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun stadium,Surulere by a candle light procession and night of tributes organised by the Lagos state sports commission and the sports family.The rites will continue today with service of songs at the Redeem Christian Church of Gog (RCCG),City of David,Victoria Island,Lagos at 5.00pm while there will be lying-in-state at the same venueat 9.30am on Tuesday with the funeral service at 10.00am also at the same venue.
Tinubu will be committed to mother earth immediately at the funeral service at the Vauilts and Gardens,Ikoyi,Lagos.
Until his death the late Tinubu was the Special Adviser on Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives to Gov.Ambode.
Similarly, the management of Access Bank Lagos City Marathon and President of Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria, Evangelist Solomon, have described the death of Deji Tinubu, late Special Adviser to Governor Akinwumi Ambode on Commerce and Industry, as shocking and devastating.
Tinubu, who passed away last Thursday after slumping during a football novelty match in Epe, Lagos state was, until his appointment as SA Commerce and Industry a few days ago, the Special Adviser to Governor Ambode on Sports and Chairman Lagos State Sports Commission, he was also the inaugural Chairman of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.
In a statement signed by Access Bank Lagos City Marathon Head, Communications and Media Olukayode Thomas, Evang. Ogba said he is still in shock,
“I can’t believe it, this is too hard to take but God knows everything. He has gone to rest, we that he left behind must continue his good deeds and take life easy like Deji, he was a gentleman.’’
Access Bank Lagos City Marathon Project Consultant, Bukola Olopade also described the late Tinubu as an exemplary leader with a sound mind.
“Deji was a good and committed patriot who brought his passion to his job. He led by example and often made sacrifices to get the job done.” Olopade noted.
Yussuf Alli, General Manager for the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon extolled the qualities of Tinubu who played a pivotal role in the successes recorded so far in the annual event.
Alli recalled how Tinubu worked tirelessly to ensure that Lagos made its mark on the world marathon map and he prayed for the repose of his soul.
“It is quite saddening for us at the marathon office to lose Deji just like that, he was a calm and fine leader who is often driven by goals no matter how difficult they seem. His leadership skills stood him out and endeared him to many, we can only take solace in the legacies he has left behind; including this marathon” Ali said over the weekend.
Already, the burial arrangement has been released starting with a candlelight procession on Sunday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
There will be a Service of Songs at the Redeem Christian Church of God, RCCG City of David, Victoria Island, Lagos – Monday, 29th January 2018 at 5.00pm
There will be a Lying-in-State at the RCCG, City of David, Victoria Island, Lagos – Tuesday, 30th January 2018 at 9.30am
Funeral Service will also take place at the RCCG, City of David, Victoria Island, Lagos – Tuesday, 30th January 2018 at 10.00am Interment follows immediately after at Vaults & Gardens, Ikoyi, Lagos.
Tinubu is survived by an aged mother, Bintu Tinubu, wife, Yemisi and two children.