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Nigerian business community celebrates Lebanese-born Jude Rudolph Solomon

Felix Oloyede



Some giants in the  Nigerian business community converged on Lagos on Saturday night to pay tributes to one of their own, Lebanese-born Jude Rudolph Solomon.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Jude, as he is fondly called until his sudden demise,  had worked closely with Mr Femi Otedola in his Zenon Petroleum & Gas LTD. before leaving to set up
his own business in the energy and real estate sectors of the economy.
In his tributes to Jude, Otedola said: “Jude was one of the finest gentlemen I have ever come across. I have known him for 22 years of his life.
“He was there for me at very significant periods in my life and businesses. We spoke every morning, severally during the day and last thing at night.
“He was fiercely loyal,, sincere and extremely honest right to the end.”
For Me Toke Alex Ibru, publisher of the Guardian Newspapers: “We have suffered many great losses in the last couple of years due to the atrocious pandemic called Covid but never did I expect my dear friend and brother, Jude Solomon, to fall victim to this unpredictable and relentless virus.
” He has gone way too soon.
“They say God’s time is the best time. This is the only way I can make sense and find resolve in Jude’s sudden disappearance.
“But often, I find myself questioning the resolve, Why Jude, Why now?”
In his tributes, My Olugbenga Oluwatoyin said that Jude never rested on his case.
“He will always call to find out how I am doing Business and healthwise.
“He can call all the doctors on his contact list just to help me enquire about my state of health and call me back.
” He is loyal to the core and the only man I know who doesn’t care about money or kickbacks,” Oluwatoyin said.
For Saheed  Adelewa, ” Jude was my guardian Angel, godfather and my life will never be the sam6, till we meet again”.
NAN reports that Jude’s Bibliography, read by Seun Obasanjo, showed that, he was born on November 1,  1978, to Lebanese immigrants whose family had set foot in Nigeria in 1913 and adopted Nigeria as their home country. (NAN)
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