The President of the Senate, David Mark, has described as “devastating” the death of Special Adviser, Research, Documentation and Strategy to President Goodluck Jonathan, Oronto Douglas.
Mr. Douglas, who died in the early hours of Thursday was a lawyer, human rights activist and environmentalist.
Mr. Mark, in a condolence message to Mr. Jonathan, government and people of Bayelsa state lamented that Mr. 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 counselled the bereaved family to take solace in the fact that Mr. Douglas lived an eventful life and left his positive footprint on the sands of time.
Mr. Mark noted that late Mr. 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.