In a short statement, Abati said:
“President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan announces with sadness the death earlier today of his younger brother, Chief Meni Innocent Jonathan. Chief Meni Jonathan passed away at the National Hospital, Abuja after a brief illness.
Formal burial arrangements will be announced later by the family”.
Despite the death of his half brother, President Jonathan has also continued to perform official functions as he received letters of credence from five new Ambassadors today.
President Goodluck Jonathan’s younger brother Meni Jonathan has died at the Aso Rock clinic Abuja today, which is President Jonathan’s 55th birthday..
Mr. Meni was flown in from Bayelsa last week to receive medical treatment at the Villa.
Mr. Meni is President Jonathan’s half brother and had acted as the head of Otueke council chiefs before his untimely death in Abuja today.
He was described by a family source as someone in his 40s.
The Presidency is yet to officially respond to the death. However, sources said the deceased had been battling with an undisclosed ailment for months and was receiving medical attention in his home state of Bayelsa.