Chief Meni Jonathan
By Aisha Wakaso, Adibe Emenyonu and Onyebuchi Ezigbo
Governors Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, his Ondo State counterpart, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State, the Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) Wednesday, joined other well meaning Nigerians in condoling with President Goodluck Jonathan over the death of his younger brother, Chief Meni Jonathan.
Also, former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), also sympathised with the President over the death of Meni.
Meni died on Tuesday after a brief illness.
In a condolence letter to President Jonathan, Oshiomhole said: “I feel and share in your grief, your Excellency, especially given that Chief Meni Jonathan, left us at a young age, but be comforted that he will be remembered fondly for all that he accomplished in such a short life as a wonderful person, a great father, husband, brother and community leader.”
Reacting also, Mimiko described Meni’s death as unfortunate, stressing that there was no greater calamity that could befall a nation than losing her good hands to untimely death.
On his part, Ahmed in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Alhaji Abdulwahab Oba, noted that Meni’s death was more painful due to the fact that he was a very young Nigerian, whose energy and vigour were much needed for the process of nation building and the fact that it happened on a day President Jonathan was marking his birthday.
While urging President Jonathan to take heart and be strong, the NSGF through its Chairman and Governor of Niger State, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, said the President should forge ahead with the enormous task of providing good leadership to Nigeria and Nigerians.
A statement signed by Aliyu’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Danladi Ndayebo, in Minna, stated that the best tribute President Jonathan can pay to the memory of the departed was for him to continue to touch more lives positively, as he has been doing for decades.
Kalu, in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media), Emeka Obasi, said the loss of a promising Nigerian should be of concern to everyone as Meni died in his prime. He expressed shock and sadness over the death.
Meanwhile, the ACN in a condolence message issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said it was shocked and saddened by Meni’s untimely death.
“The death of any young and promising person is always a loss not only to his or her family but to the country, which needs all the energy and creativity of its youths to achieve its potentials.
“We commiserate with President Jonathan and his entire family on their painful loss, and pray that God will give them the strength and succour to tide over this difficult time. May He also grant repose to the soul of the departed,” ACN said.