President Goodluck Jonathan has disclosed that Nancy Oleic-Jonathan, his younger sister who passed on on January 4, died of a heart-related ailment.
Jonathan and his wife, Patience, made the remarks when they led other members of the family to a funeral service in honour of the deceased at Saint Stephen’s Anglican Church, Otuoke, Bayelsa.
“Nancy’s ailment started during my tenure as the deputy governor of Bayelsa,” he said.
“She was my younger sister from another mother and had undergone several treatments both locally and abroad. We thank God she was able to live above the golden age of 50.”
Until her death, Nancy was a member of staff of Ogbia Central Medical Centre, Otuoke.
She was married and blessed with six children.
A biography published by the family described the deceased as a hard-working and devout Christian who never took the things of the Lord for granted.
She was also described as a great weaver, greatly endowed with craftsmanship.
“In her days, priority in education was given to male children and being a child from a polygamous family, she did not have the opportunity to acquire a higher education,” the biography read.
Earlier in his sermon, J. A Oruwori, the bishop of Ogbia Diocese of the Anglican church, said death is an end awaiting every man.
He said Christians could overcome death through Christ and by remaining steadfast in trials and temptations.