Mr. Oronto Douglas, President Goodluck Jonathan’s special adviser on research and documentation, is dead.
Information reaching Sundiata Post indicates that Mr. Douglas, a lawyer, died early this morning (Thursday) at the State House Clinic, Abuja of cancer complications.
He has been battling with cancer for several years, the reason he had not been seen in public for a long time but he had been working behind the scene for Jonathan.
In recent years, he has been making periodic trips to the United States for treatment.
A source told Sundiata Post that despite his failing health, Mr. Douglas continued working for Jonathan till the end and was thoroughly devastated when Jonathan lost the March 28 presidential election.
Douglas started out as an environmental rights activist. He was later made commissioner for information in Bayelsa State by the then governor, DSP Alamieseigha and when then deputy governor, Goodluck Jonathan became governor following Alamieseigha’s impeachment, Douglas retained his position but later resigned.
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After Jonathan’s election as Vice President in 2007, Douglas moved to Abuja to work closely with Jonathan.
He later became special assistant to President Jonathan from 2009 to 2011 and special adviser from 2011 till his death Thursday morning.