Former President Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has lost his uncle, Elder Omieworio Afeni, who died at age 87.
Elder Afeni, younger brother to Jonathan’s mother, died in Yenagoa at the weekend after a brief illness.
A statement by Jonathan’s media office quoted the former president as stating that the family “is deeply pained by his exit but is grateful to God for the gift of a long and fulfilling life.”
Ikechukwu Eze, Special Adviser to the former president, said, “President Jonathan has been in Bayelsa since last weekend when Mr Afeni passed on to eternal glory. Since then, Dr Jonathan, his mother, and other family members have continued to receive sympathisers in their homes.”
Dr Jonathan described the deceased as a forthright individual who promoted peace and unity in the community, “Elder Omieworio Afeni would be sorely missed for his wisdom and wise council.”
The burial has been scheduled for 23rd March 2023, but details of the funeral arrangements will be announced later by the family.