President Goodluck Jonathan's younger step brother, Chief Meni Jonathan, yesterday died at the National Hospital, Abuja, after doctors failed to save him from a sudden illness.
A statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, to this effect noted that Chief Meni Jonathan, who died after a brief illness, would be buried on a date to be fixed by his family.
The mood at the presidential villa yesterday was gloomy despite the fact that the president marked his 55th birthday. Official activities came to a halt at the presidency minutes after President Jonathan received letters of credence from the Ambassadors during different audiences.
Although the type of ailment that led to his death had not been ascertained at the time of filing this report, Meni was said to have been brought from Bayelsa late last week after falling sick in order for him to get better medical attention at the Villa clinic.
The late half brother to President Jonathan, who is said to be in his 40s, was the head of Otueke council chiefs before his sudden death.