Late Alhaji Rafiu Babatunde Tinubu.
Late Alhaji Rafiu Babatunde Tinubu.

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Commiserates With Family Over Death Of Cousin     

Bola Ahmed Tinubu commiserates with his family over the death of his cousin.

Funsho Akinwale

Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, on Thursday commiserated with the Tinubu family over the death of his cousin, Alhaji Rafiu Babatunde Tinubu.

The late Tinubu, a former Head of the Lagos State Civil Service, died in the early hours of Wednesday at 75 and has since been buried according to Muslim rites.

The one-time Lagos State governor in his condolence letter to his family, prayed for the repose of the soul of the departed.

Read the letter in full:


It was with a heavy heart that I received the news of the passing away on, Wednesday, September 4, 2019, of my first cousin and eminent member of our highly-respected family, Alhaji Rafiu Babatunde Tinubu, son of Dr. Abdul Hameed Saka Tinubu. The memory of this distinguished public servant, passionate Lagosian and patriotic Nigerian popularly known simply as RAB by all and sundry will ever remain fresh in my mind particularly because of the critical role he played in helping to lay a firm foundation for the success of my administration during my two-term tenure as governor of Lagos State between 1999 and 2007.

Coming into office as governor from the private sector, I knew that I needed a Head of the State Civil Service who I could trust and who would help forge a harmonious relationship between my administration and the public service on which the success of any government depends to a significant extent. Nobody at that time could fit the bill as perfectly as Alhaji Rafiu Babatunde Tinubu. As a family member, he would understandably desire nothing but the success of my administration. But much more than that, he had the requisite intellectual grounding as well as public service managerial experience, rising from the lower rungs to the upper echelon of the Lagos State Public Service between 1978 and 1999.

With a Bachelor’s (B.A) and Master’s (M.A) degrees in Political Science from the prestigious Howard University, Washington,United States.

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