Deji Tinubu, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s Special Adviser on Sports is dead. The deceased reportedly died on Thursday during a novelty match in the Epe area of Lagos State, where Lagos State Executive members and other top government functionaries are hosted for a retreat.
Deji Tinubu, who was the former Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, slumped in the field and was confirmed dead at a hospital in Epe.
A source who witnessed the sad incident, said
“He slumped while playing football this evening at Retreat with Governor in Epe, took to the Charlet clinic but was later rushed to the General Hospital in EPE when condition didn’t improve…. unfortunately, we lost Uncle Deji Tinubu is gone.”
He is 5th left in the photo above which was taken few minutes before he slumped. Deji Tinubu is remembered for pushing for the approval of five schools competitions by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, which held in November and December in Lagos.
Recall that Tinubu said the governor, who is an ardent supporter of grassroots sports, wants to afford the young athletes the opportunity to showcase their talents.
According to him, organising championships among the students in schools became necessary in order to intensify sporting activities in the state, adding that that is a rare chance for them to unearth their talents and be groomed to become famous in their chosen field in the nearest future.
“His Excellency has been magnanimous to approve the staging of five school sports championships that will hold in the next two weeks. This is the first in the series of other events that are in the offing, that I can tell you,” he said.
Speaking further on other activities line up in the state, Tinubu said: “We will be having other championships like the swimming, table tennis, cricket, scrabble and a gymnastics initiative programmes to open up our sporting facilities to the public.
“We want to bring sports development to the schools, it is within this school environment that genuine and proper grassroots sports development can take its roots,” Tinubu stated.
May his soul rest in peace. Amen