Jun 15, 2013

Bola Tinubu’s mother, Abibatu Mogaji, is dead



Abibatu Mogaji, the mother of former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, is dead.

Mrs. Mogaji, 96, died at her residence in Ikeja at about 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.

She was until her death the President General of Lagos State Market Women Association.

She will be buried on Sunday morning at the Ikoyi Muslim Cemetery according to Islamic rites; while reception and muslim prayers follow immediately at Ikeja, Lagos.Osun State Governor and close associate of Mr. Tinubu, Rauf Aregbesola, has confirmed the incident.

Mr. Aregbesola, in a statement by his spokesperson, Semiu Okanlawon, described the late Mrs. Mogaji’s death as a loss of a mother in a million.

In a statement on Saturday night, Mr. Aregbesola said the death of the Tinubu matriarch would leave a big vacuum both in politics and commercial sector of not only Lagos State but Nigeria at large.

Mr. Aregbesola said Mrs Mogaji led a life of substance worthy of emulation.

“Mama Abibat Mogaji was a mother in a million. We commiserate with her children, particularly Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and others for the great loss.

“We commiserate the Oba of Lagos, HRH Rilwan Akiolu, the Mogaji Family, the people of Lagos, particularly Alhaji Femi Okunnu; the party (ACN); the government of Lagos, market men and women in Nigeria and Lagos in particular.

“We pray that God gives them the fortitude to bear the loss and we pray God grants her Aljana Firdaus,” Aregbesola said.

He also extended the condolence of the government and people of Osun to the immediate and extended families of Tinubu and other well-wishers.