by Isi Esene
The remains of Chief Meni Innocent Jonathan, President Goodluck Jonathan’s younger brother, who died on Tuesday at the National Hospital, will be buried on December 7.
This was disclosed by the head of the Esosi family, Nitabai Inegite, who spoke with reporters after a family meeting that ended about 6.30pm yesterday in Otuoke, the president’s hometown in Bayelsa State.
The Esosi is one of the family lines in Otuoke, Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.
Inegite said, “Meni was a Christian before he died and he will be buried 18 days within the time of his death according to Christian rites and we the family members have arranged that he be buried on December 7.”
He revealed that the deceased was battling a liver problem before he was taken to Abuja on the orders of the president for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Meni Jonathan, 45, died on Tuesday as President Jonathan marked his 55th birthday.
Meanwhile, the Action Congress Nigeria (ACN) released a statement in Lagos on Wednesday expressing its shock at Jonathan’s untimely death.
In the statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Lai Mohammed, the ACN said, “The death of any young and promising person is always a loss not only to his or her family but also to the country, which needs all the energy and creativity of its youths to achieve its potential.
“We commiserate with President Jonathan and his entire family on their painful loss.”