From JULIANA TAIWO-OBALONYE, Abuja
The Presidency yesterday in Abuja confirmed the death of Chief Meni Innocent Jonathan, younger brother to President Goodluck Jonathan after a brief illness. A one-paragraph statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati said the president’s brother passed on at the National Hospital, Abuja after a brief illness, expressing sadness over the incident.
The late Jonathan was said to have been ill for sometime and was said to have been flown in from Bayelsa on Monday night when his condition grew worse. Formal burial arrangements will be announced later by the family, said the statement. Meanwhile, Senate President David Mark has sent a message of condolence to President Goodluck Jonathan over the death of his younger brother. Senator Mark urged the First Family to take solace in the fact that the late Meni lived exemplary life of discipline and decency. “I share in this grief and pains.
I pray God in His infinite mercies grant you the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.” He also commiserated with the government and people of Bayelsa State to take solace in the fact that late Meni lived a short but eventful life.