The President of the Nigerian Senate, David Mark, has described as “devastating” the death of Special Adviser, Research, Documentation and Strategy to President Goodluck Jonathan, Oronto Douglas.
Mark, in a condolence message to Jonathan, government and people of Bayelsa State lamented that Douglas left when his services were most needed.
The Senate President lamented: “It is sad that Douglas died in his prime when the nation actually needed his services. Douglas was a scholar in his own right. He was resourceful and dedicated. He was a think tank who left a vacuum too difficult to fill.
“I earnestly share in this grief even as I pray that God in His infinite mercies grant the immediate family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.”
He however urged the bereaved family to take solace in the fact that Douglas lived an eventful life and left his positive footprint on the sands of time, noting that late Douglas would be remembered for his struggle for the emancipation of the people of the Niger Delta and adherent to the rule of law and human rights in Nigeria.
The Street Reporters recalls that Douglas was not actively involved during Jonathan’s quest for re-election, which may be as a result of his battle with cancer.
The 49 year-old Douglas died on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at the State House Clinic, Abuja, sources said.