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Jonathan mourns Douglas, commends his selfless service

Posted: Apr 9, 2015 at 3:00 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chesa Chesa, Abuja

President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed deep sadness over the death of his Special Adviser on Research, Documentation and Strategy, Oronto Douglas, who died on Thursday morning.

Jonathan extended his heartfelt condolences to the Douglas family, government and people of Bayelsa State on the death of one of their most distinguished sons “who served his country, state and the Niger Delta region, passionately and diligently, during his very impactful years on earth”, said an Aso Rock statement.

Douglas, who died after a protracted battle with cancer, was Jonathan’s personal aide for close to a decade, according to the statement issued by presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati.

“The President will always remember him for his passion for work, excellence, inspiring creativity and outstanding commitment to his duties.

“The President remains thankful to God Almighty for the brilliance and resourcefulness that Oronto brought to bear on every assignment as a loyal and dutiful aide during his tenure as Governor of Bayelsa State and as Vice President, Acting President and President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“President Jonathan believes that Oronto will remain a shining and worthy example for every young Nigerian who seeks a life of service and achievement.

“He prays that  Almighty God will grant Oronto’s soul eternal rest, and the Douglas family and everyone who knew him, the fortitude to bear the pain of his death”, the statement added.

The Douglas family had earlier issued a terse statement announcing the death and promised to make available burial arrangements in the coming days.

Signed by Romeo Samuel Douglas on behalf of the family, the statement read thus: “The Douglas family of Okoroba, Nembe Local Government of Bayelsa State, announces the passage to glory of our dear son, brother, father, husband, friend, uncle, Oronto Natei Douglas.

“He passed on in the early hours of Thursday, April 9, 2015, at the State House Clinic, Abuja.

“Oronto was until his death the Special Adviser on Research, Documentation and Strategy to President Goodluck Jonathan.

“He is survived by his wife, two sons, family and friends. Burial arrangements will be announced by the family.”