President Jonathan said “It is quite a sad moment even though we saw it coming. Myself and Douglas are from the same local government in Bayelsa State. I knew him first when I was doing my Ph.D research work, then he was environmental rights activist. I was doing research on some aspects of the ecology of the Niger Delta and my supervisor then one Canadian, Prof. Powell knew him and we met in his house.
“But when I came into politics as a deputy governor he was the commissioner for information then and we were very close. He came with me as my adviser as vice president on research, documentation and strategy, a post he held until this morning.
“He is a very dedicated young man, very committed. I was here last Saturday even though he knew (about what was going to happen) because the doctors told him in America that he was going to die in three weeks but he was still very passionate about his work. I have never seen such a person with such a strong will.
“Some of the early callers at Douglas’ house were former governor of Bayelsa State, Dipreye Alamieyesigha, who described the late Douglas as someone who never slacked in any assignments he was given.
“We have been praying and trusting God for miracle. There are a lot of things we did behind the scenes together to strengthen this government, he never slacked on any assignment given him. When he served as Commissioner for Information during my government, he was always meticulous and turned in his assignments on time”.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Ambassador Godknows Igali, said Douglas was a great thinker that would be greatly missed. “He is a great man that will be solely missed. He was very celebral and respected in the entire international community. He was a great thinker, an environmental rights activist.”
Others at his residence were the Managing Director News Agency of Nigeria, Mr. Ima Niboro; writer Ike Okonta; former minister of finance, Mrs Nanadi Usman; and Executive Secretary, National Christian Pilgrims Board, Mr. Kennedy Opara, who prayed for the family.
A statement by the Douglas family of Okoroba, Nembe Local Government of Bayelsa State, said he is survived by his wife, two sons, family and friends.