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Sunday, December 9, 2012

My Brother Died Of Cardiac Arrest...President Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan, Saturday, said his junior brother, Chief Meni Innocent Jonathan, died of cardiac arrest.

The late Jonathan who, until his death, was the chairman of Otuoke chiefs council, was laid to rest, Saturday, at his Otuoke home town in Ogbia council area of Bayelsa State after a solemn funeral service at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church.

In an emotional laden voice, President Jonathan, clad in a black shirt, said:

 “I always know that people will surely die. I always believe that people will live to an age where they make their names. Some persons die before they are born, there are a lot of still births. Some others die before they grow up to an age where people recognized them. He (brother) had  his two sons fairly grown up; that, at least, will be with us. The circumstances of the death sometimes worries me. What worries me is the he died so suddenly.
”This was a young man I came home on a Friday, he came to my house, nobody carried him, he moved down just from his house  across the road. We discussed  he was a bit frail.I said follow us so that he could do medical check up.
”He drove himself down to Yenagoa to board the chopper to Abuja. He got to Abuja that Saturday and was admitted in hospital. The following Monday, his breathing changed. I said, ‘let us make arrangement to get him out to let him get treatment outside’. So an arrangement was being made. Unfortunately  the following he had cardiac arrest and inflamed heart at the State House Clinic.
”We were making arrangement to move him to National Hospital. It is a very sad thing. He had  been covering the home front for us. He has a very humble person. He was a reliable and trustworthy person you could ask to handle things for you. He is dead, there is nothing we can do. I must thank all of you who have come to join  the Jonathan family to give us this respect. In some traditions, I’m supposed not to be in church. It is tradition that you don’t bury your younger ones.
Luckily for this community, we don’t have too many of these cultural and traditional things. It is quite sad, it pulled the whole Nigerians to the community to bury my younger brother.”
May is soul RIP, Amen.

Culled from Vanguard

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