Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has attributed the death of his son to cardiac arrest.

The sudden death of Jide had sparked suspicion, with some saying he was murdered.


Cardiac arrest is a sudden stop in effective blood flow due to the failure of the heart to contract effectively. The most common cause is coronary artery disease. Other causes are major blood loss, lack of oxygen, very low potassium, heart failure, and intense physical exercise.

Tinubu disclosed the cause of his son’s death in a statement issued on his behalf by Tunde Rahman, his media aide.

He said the tragic incident is a reminder that “none of us knows when our last day shall be”.

“My son was a highly intelligent person with a vibrant personality and a zest for life. He followed his own course and made his own way on his own terms,” he said.

“Those who knew him could not help but like him. Yet, he was taken away by cardiac arrest when it seemed he had so much life to still live.

“This is a reminder that we must live each day to its best as none of us knows when our last day shall be.

“Mortality comes upon us all. We have no choice in that but we do have a choice whether we shall be good or bad, just or unjust. Let us all strive toward the best in ourselves.”

Tinubu said he and his wife were currently in London to console Jide’s wife and her “three precious boys”.

“As a father, I must spend time putting my arms around the family he has left behind,” he said.

“Jide lived for so long in London and there he has left behind a darling wife and three precious boys. My wife Remi and I have gone to London to be with them at this painful time to support and help them.

“Please excuse our absence from Lagos for a while but it is essential that we are with them. Prayers are being offered and will continue to be offered for the repose of his soul. I have suffered a grave loss that no parent would like to bear.”