Ex-president Jonathan begs Nigerians to pray for his mother


Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday encouraged Nigerians to pray for his mother, Eunice Jonathan, who, according to him, has been badly traumatised by the death of her eldest child, Obebhatein.

The former President made the appeal on Friday during the funeral service of his elder sister, Obebhatein Jonathan, at the Dame Patience Jonathan Square, Otuoke in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa.

The former said with the death of his sister, his mother has lost eight of her children and he is now the only surviving child.

He said, “Death, as they say, is something that we all pass through. But the time it comes also matters; yes, we all will die someday but the time matters.

“My elder sister died at a time that we can gather these celebrities to celebrate her, but that our mother is to mourn her is the nasty aspect of the whole thing.

“My mother has lost her first child that ought to mourn her when God calls her. I have to sincerely thank the Bayelsa State First Lady and other women who came around her because I was then in London.

“If you knew what she used to be and what she is now, you would know that she is still traumatized. So continue to pray for my mum. God will see us through. I thank you.”

He thanked Nigerians who came for the burial.

On his part, Dogood Qkpufu, second son of the deceased, urged women to emulate his mother.

He recalled that his mother was determined to be a graduate and achieved that which qualified her to be a teacher.

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