‘Man does not control his own fate. The women in his life do that for him.’ These words of Groucho Marx, recently came to fore after the unfortunate death of Tunde Thomas about two weeks ago. Tunde Thomas,popularly known as Tunde Gentle, died about two weeks ago from heartbreak,ata young age of 45.
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It was an untimely death, linked to depression and heartbreak after he discoverred that the two beloved kids from his marriage were actually fathered by the current MD of FCMB, Adam Nuru, who was his wife’s boss. Tunde’s wife, Moyo Thomas (Nee Ojo,) was reportedly engaged in an office romance with her MD; a relationship that was well known to all in the bank.
Happily married billionaire Nuhu, while he got carried away in fornicating with Moyo, spared no thought for Tunde, who was bringing up the two children he thought belonged to him. Those in the know say Tunde was so in love with and attached to his wife and children that he spent most of his resources on them. He severally took them to London and Dubai on holidays. He also spared no dime in putting the kids in the best schools. At the height of the shameful relationship and when the older child was about eight (8) years old, Moyo suddenly resigned from FCMB and travelled to the US with the two children, ostensibly on holiday. It was when the school session started in Nigeria and the children were not returned that Tunde started asking questions and the lady finally summoned the shameless courage to tell him the children were not his own. She then went to the extent of filing for asylum in the US on the ground of marital violence in Nigeria, against a man known to all men by his gentle and easygoing disposition. Her aim, we learnt, was to get the Green Card and also get Tunde barred from entering the US, so she would not be able to look him in the eye and tell him the bitter truth. Not long after receiving the sad news first in 2017, Tunde reportedly suffered stroke. He, indeed, recovered from the stroke but was said to have become a shadow of his former self, as he would often cry repeatedly without any reason. But immediately he got over the illness, Tunde was said to have tried to pick up the pieces of his life and moved on. He reportedly started another relationship with a lady lawyer. Soon, he invited some friends to accompany him to visit the lady’s parents on 26th December. However, the visit was not to be. Tunde was said to have got home from work in the night of 15th December 2020 and collapsed at his residence’s staircase. He died instantly for reasons tat re yet to be ascertained. But autopsy report puts the cause of his death as ‘heart failure.’ Tunde Gentle, a former staff of the defunct Oceanic Bank, was buried on Wednesday, 30th of December 2020. As you read this More than 400 people have signed a petition asking the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to sack Adam Nuru, the incumbent managing director of First City Monument Bank (FCMB), over “unethical grounds.” The petition, initiated on Wednesday, alleged that Nuru was responsible for the demise of Tunde Thomas, said to have died of depression on December 16. The petition claimed the news initially caused Thomas to be down with a stroke but later recovered and thereafter met another lady whom he planned to marry. Thomas was, however, said to have suffered a cardiac arrest after returning from work — about two days before his introduction to his already pregnant girlfriend. The petition, addressed to Godwin Emefiele, CBN governor, and the FCMB’s board, described the case as “an unjustifiable economic oppression by the elites against the less privileged in the society.” It called for a holistic investigation into the matter, alleging that the MD had been trying to sweep the “unethical conduct” under the carpet. “This is a case of gross misconduct based on ethical grounds and an unjustifiable economic oppression by the elites (Adam Nuru) against the less privileged in the society,” it read. “The MD has been doing everything possible to sweep this case under the carpet. We implore the Central Bank of Nigeria as the apex regulator and the board of FCMB to investigate this for the integrity of the bank and Nigerian banking industry.” But reacting on Thursday, Rafiu Mohammed, a staff, who spoke on behalf of Diran Olojo, FCMB’s spokesman, dismissed the petition as a “mere allegation.
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