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Nationwide Chief of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Saturday paid tribute to his Chief Safety Officer, Mr. Lateef Raheem, who died on Friday.

Raheem, 51, died of issues arising from diabetes and hypertension.

Tinubu described him as a dedicated, thorough and extraordinary aide.

Happening reminiscence lane, the APC chief recalled how the deceased began to work for him in 1999 “when he was seconded to me by the police in the course of the marketing campaign for the governorship election in Lagos.”

“He stood faithfully beside me in the course of the rigours of the primaries and marketing campaign. He helped me climate the storm,” he mentioned within the tribute entitled “Lateef Raheem- My Extraordinary Aide.”

“I rapidly understood that he was an distinctive particular person and officer whom I needed to be with all through the remainder of my political journey.  We remained collectively throughout my two-terms as governor of Lagos.

“We’ve been collectively since then. Wherever I used to be, you might make sure Lateef was close by ensuring of my safety and that every one was working correctly and effectively.”

Sharing their final second, Tinubu mentioned: “Lateef reported for work on Monday. Feeling a bit below the climate; he went residence to relaxation.

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“We spoke on Wednesday by cellphone. He was in fantastic spirits and was trying ahead to resuming work. I felt nothing however profound shock, after which the vacancy of deep loss once I was woke up early Friday that my most trusted safety aide had died and that I might by no means see him once more.

“I didn’t know the Wednesday dialog could be our final. The ache of his loss is acute.

“Lateef was an individual of sturdy and resilient character.  He by no means sought particular therapy or favour regardless of his years of loyal and wonderful service to me. He by no means took his work or his valued place as my aide with no consideration. He knew I relied on him and trusted him explicitly.

“However Lateef by no means tried to take egocentric benefit of his necessary place. He was forthright and trustworthy to a fault.

This man was one who fully centered on his job and doing it to one of the best of his capacity. He did all the pieces with care and devotion. “Lateef made certain all the pieces labored nicely. He was good, energetic and all the time on alert.

He was certainly a rarity as knowledgeable and extra in order an individual. He by no means complained and even let it’s recognized that he had these medical situations. It simply was not in his character. He was dedicated to giving his all to his work,” Tinubu mentioned.

The deceased is survived by wives and kids.

Tinubu prayed that Allah may consolation his household and grant his soul everlasting relaxation and admit him into Aljanna Firdaus.

It was gathered that the APC Chief and his aides yesterday underwent COVID-19 take a look at as a precautionary transfer following Kareem’s loss of life though medical studies didn’t say he died of the illness.

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