Former Nigeria’s President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, has lost his uncle, Elder Omieworio Afeni.
Elder Afeni died in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital at the weekend after a brief illness.
He was the younger brother to Jonathan’s mother.
A statement signed by Ikechukwu Eze, media adviser to Jonathan, noted that the former President had been in Bayelsa since last weekend when Mr Afeni transited.
The statement also quoted Jonathan as saying that the family “is deeply pained by his exit but is grateful to God for the gift of a long and fulfilled life.”
Describing the deceased as a forthright person, who promoted peace and unity in the community, Jonathan added that “Elder Omieworio Afeni would be sorely missed for his wisdom and wise counsel.”
The burial has been fixed for March 23, 2023 and details of the funeral arrangements will be communicated in due course by the family.