Bayelsa gov condoles ex minister as son buried in Rivers

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By Brave Dickson

Tamuno Tonye Graham Douglas jr, the first son of a former minister, Alabo Graham Douglas has been buried at the Port Harcourt cemetery, in Rivers State.

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Douye Diri has expressed his condolence to the ex minister over the demise of his son.

The Governor who made this known through a delegation from is executive council said he received the news of Tamuno Graham Douglas’ passing away with great shock.

Speaking with our correspondent on behalf of the governor at the family house of the bereaved ex minister, a member of the delegation and state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, David Alagwah said the deceased was a disciplined young man.

“He (the deceased) was very dear to me. I came on behalf of Governor Diri to sympathise with the family of Alabo Graham Douglas.

“Indeed, it is painful for the son of the ex minister to pass on at 48, but we can not question God who knows the best.

“We will miss him and I believe God will grant the family he left behind the fortitude to bear the loss,” the commissioner said.

Also, a former Nigerian Ambassador to Sweden, Godknows Igali had expressed his condolence to the bereaved ex minister and family, adding that life is not all about how long but how useful.

He said the late Tamuno Graham Douglas lived well but wished the family he left behind never to experience death at young age again.

Also commiserating with the family, a Niger Delta rights activist, Ankio Briggs described the loss as sad, and asked God to console the bereaved.

Graham Douglas who according to Wikipedia was Nigerian Minister for Youth, Sports and Culture (1989), Minister for Aviation (1999), Minister of Labour and Productivity (2000) and Minister of Tourism (2001) respectively was reported to have received the news of his son’s death while receiving treatment in the United kingdom.