Jonathan Says He Is Most Documented President In Nigeria’s History

jonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan says he is the most documented president in the history of Nigeria, following the works of his Special Adviser on Research, Documentation and Strategy, Mr Oronto Douglas.

The President was paying tribute to late Oronto Douglas at the end of a commendation service in his honour at the Saint Peters Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Yenegoa, Bayelsa State.

He said that Oronto was a dedicated and committed special adviser who stood by him till the end, without any sign of betrayal.

He said that Oronto was a dependable ally who will be missed at all times.
Oronto Douglas

The Bayelsa State Governor, Mr Seriake Dickson, in his tribute, extolled the selfless life Oronto Douglas lived and promised that the legacies he left behind should not be allowed to die.

Governor Dickson, who said that the experience and vast contacts of Douglas Oronto would be greatly missed, called on well meaning Nigerians to rally round the Oronto family to ensure that they do not suffer.

He also disclosed plans to give out scholarships up to university level to his children, as a token of appreciation of his life of service to the people of Bayelsa State.

As part of the tributes, children from the EK Clerk Preparatory School founded by Oronto Douglas, made a presentation in honour of their founder.

Douglas Oronto was a foremost environmental activist renowned for his intellectual articulation of the Niger Delta struggle.

He died on April 9, 2015, four months to his 49th birthday.

Jonathan, Sambo Mourn Oronto Douglas

Oronto DouglasCondolences have started pouring into the family home of the late Special Adviser to the President on Research, Documentation and Strategy Mister Douglas Oronto who passed on Thursday morning.

President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo, were the early callers at the Abuja residence of Mr Oronto to commiserate with the wife, Mrs Terinabo Oronto, and the other members of the family.

Prayers were said for the peaceful repose of the soul of the departed and for the family to bear the loss with fortitude.

In his condolence message, Vice President Namadi Sambo, said Nigeria has lost a very good man, who has contributed positively to the development of the country.

While President Goodluck Jonathan described him as a dedicated and committed personality with a strong will even to death.

The Late Oronto Douglas, one of President Jonathan’s influential aides, is said to have passed on at the State House Clinic early on Thursday morning.

Reports revealed that he battled a terminal illness but it is not clear the cause of his death

Mr Douglas, until his death was the Special Adviser to the President on Research, Documentation and Strategy.

A lawyer and an influential environmentalist, Mr. Douglas served as a Commissioner for Information in Bayelsa State.

He was responsible for the documentation of the President’s achievements, legacies and coordinated campaign strategies.

Azazi Buried In Heroes Square

Former National Security Adviser, Andrew Iwoye Azazi was on Saturday buried at the Ijaw National Heroes Square in Yenegoa, the capital of Bayelsa state.

The late Azazi, a four star general retired from service on 20th August 2008 and was appointed National Security Adviser on October 2010. He was the Chairman of Bayelsa State post flood disaster management committee before his death through a helicopter crash while returning from burial ceremony of the father of an aide to President Goodluck Jonathan in Bayelsa State.

The casket, draped in the nation’s green-white-green colours, bearing the remains of the late General, arrived the venue of the funeral service, in a Nigerian Army ambulance marked, NA 459 E 01 at 10.02 am.

When the casket was brought out from the olive coloured ambulance, it was carried by officers of the rank of Major General to the podium specifically set up for the purpose of the commendation service while a military helicopter was hovering over the arena ostensibly on reconnaissance mission and in honour of the departed four-star general.

The solemn ceremony commenced shortly after President Goodluck Jonathan, his wife, and Governor Seriake and his wife arrived the venue at about 10.30am.

Other dignitaries at the funeral ceremony were the Chairman of the Governors Forum, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi and his wife, Judith; Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State; former Bayesa State governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha; former Chief of the Defence Staff, Gen Alexander Ogomudia (rtd); Rear Admiral John Kpokpogiri (rtd); former governor of old Rivers State, King Alfred Diete-Spiff; former NDDC Managing Director and Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Timi Alaibe; former JTF commander in the Niger Delta, Major General Sarkin Yakin Bello (rtd); PFN/CAN President Ayo Oritsejafor; and former transport minister, Rear Admiral Festus Porbeni.

Also present were former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke; Speaker of the Bayesa State House of Assembly, Benson Kombowei; Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Allison-Madueke; Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah; Minister of Niger Delta, Godsday Orubebe; and the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).

Speaking at the funeral service, President Jonathan described the late Azazi as a patriotic Nigerian.

He said, “Saturday, December 15, 2012 was a sad day in the history of Nigeria. Gen Azazi, though we are from Bayelsa State and the Ijaw ethnic nationality, I never met him until 2004 when the then Brigadier Azazi was made the Director of Military Intelligence.

“I was then the deputy governor of Bayelsa. Somebody came to me to say one of our own had been made the DMI boss and that was a prestigious posting in the army. And I decided I was going to receive him and have a little party for him. I hosted him one evening in Abuja at an Officer’s Mess. From that time, we remained in touch; then he was promoted to Major General and made the GOC One Division, Kaduna and then he was also made the chief of the army staff. That was another level of our interaction in 2006, by which time; I was the governor of Bayelsa State. I also hosted him as chief of the army staff alongside the current Minister of Petroleum Resources, then as the first female executive director of Shell. It was also my first time of meeting her.

“He was made chief of defence staff in 2007 when I was vice president to the late President Umaru Musa Yar’dua. I also made him the NSA when I became president. I saw him as somebody who meant well for this country. Sometimes, people wonder why good people die, it is quite touching.”

President Jonathan urged Nigerians to imbibe the qualities of the late General saying that “if we change our attitude to do what is right, the country will change for the best.”

Yakowa’s last assignment as governor

The last official assignment of the former governor of Kaduna State, Patrick Yakowa was at the burial ceremony of a presidential adviser, Oronto Douglas in Bayelsa.

“I am happy that I came,” the Late Yakowa had told Mr Douglas after paying tributes to and sympathising with the family of Pa Tamunobibara Douglas.

After greeting their host, both Yakowa and former National Security Adviser, General Andrew Azazi took a walk away from the crowd to where the ill-fated Helicopter was stationed, ready to travel back to Port Harcourt. Little did both men know that in few hours Nigerians will be sympathising and condoling with their families as well.