From Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa
Tears flowed freely in Otuoke, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, as the younger brother of President Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Mein Innocent Jonathan, was laid to rest. The late Chief Mien Jonathan, a deputy chief in Otuoke, died on Tuesday, November 20, at the State House Clinic after a brief illness.
Otuoke and Yenagoa, the state capital, have been playing host to important dignitaries who came to commiserate with the Jonathan family. Security was beefed up in and outside St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, venue of the burial ceremony, with a combination of the armed forces and para-military agencies. President Jonathan in his speech at the ceremony expressed shock over the death of his brother whom he described as a very humble person.
According to him, “it was sad that the younger Jonathan would die when arrangements have been concluded to fly him abroad for proper treatment. While noting that the family is pained over his death, he expressed gratitude to all who traveled to attend the burial.
His words: “I thank all of you on behalf of the family for your concern and sympathy since I lost my young brother. It is a bad day because it coincided with my birthday. I always knew that people will surely die; I always believed that people will live to an age while they make their names. Some persons die before they were born.
He has two sons, who are fairly grown up and that, at least, will be with us. The circumstances of death sometimes do not worry me, what worries me is his sudden death.”