The death of my mother is a big loss - Jimoh Ibrahim

The death of my mother is a big loss - Jimoh Ibrahim

- Nigeria’s billionaire business mogul, Jimoh Ibrahim reacted to the death of his mother

- Ibrahim described the death as a big loss, adding that his mother is someone nobody would like to part with

- Ibrahim’s brother, simply identified as Dipo, however, said that contrary to media reports, their mother died as a result of family mismanagement, not fire incident

Nigeria’s billionaire business mogul, Jimoh Ibrahim, on Sunday, January 20, spoke on the death of his mother, Theresa Jimoh, who died as a result of a fire incident at her residence in Lagos.

The business mogul said the death is “a big loss” because she was “somebody you won’t like to part with.”

Speaking with The Punch, Ibrahim said “death must occur; something must cause death.”

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His words: “I’m not in Nigeria; I’m at Cambridge University and not yet home. As a PhD student, I need to get the permission of the university to travel. All I can say is that mama will be given a befitting burial; she is right now in the mortuary.

“When the family announces the date for the burial, we will make it known. Her family will have to handle that because in our culture, I am to do nothing. The family takes charge and decides. At this time, I don’t do anything. I will have to wait for family instructions. So, her immediate elder brother is the one in charge.

“But we thank God that we were able to recover her remains from the fire. Her body is right now in the mortuary, but she will be given a befitting burial. She was a great mother; she did her best and was well taken care of too. My mother was once kidnapped.

Ibrahim also talked about the loving nature of his late mother and how she will be missed.

He continued: “She was a lovely mother; one we will always remember and the mother we will always love to have at all times. Her words are left behind; we will take care of the training she imparted in us and what she did to us when she was alive. The death of my mother is a big loss; she was somebody you wouldn’t like to part with.

“But death must occur; something must cause death. You cannot control that; some people die while asleep or in a plane crash. Something must cause death; it doesn’t just happen. Something must cause it. The greatest thing is that we are happy that she left a good legacy.

“She usually had her prayers as a Catholic. What I was told was that she was having her prayers. She had an altar where she prayed and she lit a candle at that altar. I think that on this occasion, the candle must have ignited the window blind. She had aides; she has her own house where she stayed with a house boy, house girl and security guard."

The business mogul was consoled by the fact the remains of the deceased mother was recovered and will be given proper and befitting burial.

“By the time rescue came, the fire had already had a serious impact. My mother was 78 years old; she couldn’t survive much stress because of the impact of carbon monoxide on her. We’ve taken everything like that; but the good thing is that we were able to recover her remains. What if there was fire and we couldn’t see her? That would have been more painful,” he said.

However, a brother of Ibrahim, simply identified as Dipo said their mother died as a result of family mismanagement.

Dipo reportedly denied that the deceased was killed by a candle fire.

He was quoted to have said in a statement thus: “Dipo Jimoh (last born and the closest son to the late mother, Mrs Theresa Jimoh), who recently graduated from the Columbia University, and the MD/CEO of Barama Energy Resources, has denounced the root cause of his mother’s death as candle fire. He also denied that her remains were deposited in a morgue by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency.

“Dipo has promised to face any heavyweight individual or group, which plans to misinterpret or confuse the populace about the root cause of his mother’s death. My mother died as a result of family complications and mismanagement.”

Ibrahim, however, reportedly declined to react to his brother’s statement. When asked to comment, he simply said: “Please don’t involve me in that. My mother has just died; I am bereaved. I have no comment.”

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Legit.ng had reported that the septuagenarian was in her house at the Victoria Garden City Estate when she was burnt to death by fire that engulfed her apartment in the early hours of Saturday, January 19.

She was said to have been burnt to death before the inferno was put out by firefighters from the Lagos State Fire Service.

An official of the state fire service had said preliminary information revealed that she was praying when she probably dozed off and that a candle she lit started the fire.

The police public relations officer, CSP Chike Oti, also reportedly confirmed the incident.

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