A tight security cordon has been thrown around Otuoke, the home town of President Jonathan ahead of the burial of his younger brother who will be buried tomorrow. The president’s Younger brother, Chief Meni Jonathan died two weeks ago in Abuja following a brief illness.
A large contingent of security personnel from the Army, Navy, Airforce, the Police, Department of State Services as well as members of the Civil Defence Corp took over the town where the president arrived Thursday afternoon to inspect work being done in preparation of the burial which is expected to witness a large turn out of Nigerians from all walks of life.
President Jonathan who arrived his Otuoke residence shortly before three PM was received by the governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson as well as senior security officials after which he members of his family briefed him on the arrangements for the funeral.
The president’s arrival was preceded by that of the first Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan who had arrived Otuoke on Wednesday where she took charge of some of the arrangements.
After the briefing his Family members, President Jonathan visited the residence of his late brother where he commiserated with the wife and daughter before leaving for the Pa Lawrence Ebele Jonathan Memorial Hall where the corpse is expected to lie in state Friday .
A sober president Jonathan who came out of his brother’s residence with misty eyes was led to the community Town Hall where the community elders are expected to receive the corpse when it arrives from Abuja today.
From the Community Town Hall, the president was led to the St Steven Anglican where the requiem mass is expected to be held today.