Jonathan Responds To Presidency, El-Rufai, Condoles With Victims Of Herdsmen Attacks


Immediate past President, Dr Goodluck E. Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has reacted to the recent killings in Benue, Taraba by Fulani Herdsmen.Jonathan, in a press statement by his Media Reps, condoled with the victims and also responded to reports that 756 people were killed in his tenure by Fulani Herdsmen.

The statement read;

‘”Former President Jonathan wishes to express his condolences to the government and people of Benue, Kaduna, Taraba, Adamawa and Nasarawa states, over the recent spate of killings occasioned by herdsmen/farmers clashes.

“His heart bleeds for the sufferings of Nigerians and he calls on the authorities to do everything in their power to put an end to these needless killings.

“Having said that, let it be known that we find the statement by the Presidency stating that 756 Nigerians were killed by Fulani herdsmen in two years under the government of former President Jonathan as a mischievous assertion by a callous Presidential spokesman who thinks that death is something to be trivialized.

“For the avoidance of doubt, let it be known that the figure of 756 is wrong. But the issue is not that it is a false figure, the issue is that former President Jonathan was not inactive in the face of Fulani herdsmen killings during his Presidency.

“While in office, the former President knew that the capacity of the Nigerian police would be challenged by the sophistication of arms available to the herdsmen and so after he was elected President and sworn in on May 29, 2011, former President Jonathan summoned a National Security Council meeting and ordered that Fulani herdsmen attack must be decisively dealt with.

“In July 2012, the Plateau state government reported that herdsmen killings had reached a head in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area leading to tens of deaths of Nigerian citizens by Fulani herdsmen, many of whom were not even Nigerian citizens.

“Then President Jonathan, when briefed about the situation insisted that there would not be such impunity under his leadership and immediately ordered the army and the Air Force to go to the affected communities and fish out the perpetrators and bring them to book.

“The military immediately obeyed the then President’s orders and sent troops and helicopters to Barkin Ladi Local Government Area. They ordered all residents to leave their residence for temporary accommodation provided for them so they could conduct a joint air and ground operation to flush out the armed herdsmen who had been suspected of killing innocent Nigerians.

“The residents complied and the soldiers went in and not only did they clear the area, they made arrests which led to trials and convictions.

“We wish to remind Nigerians that when this episode was being carried out, it was precisely members of the opposition who later became the All Progressive Congress that heavily criticized then President Jonathan’s orders.

“In fact, a prominent member of the APC and now the Governor of Kaduna State and a known confidante of the President, Malam Nasir El-Rufai tweeted his now infamous tweet on the 15th of July 2012 threatening that ‘We will write this for all to read. Anyone, soldier or not that kills the Fulani takes a loan repayable one day no matter how long it takes.’ (his exact words).

“So the question Nigerians need to ask instead of allowing themselves to be distracted by the statement from the Presidency is this: Are Nigerians now repaying the ‘loan’ that El-Rufai threatened to make Nigeria repay?

“If the then President was not active in decisively sending the military after herdsmen, why would El-Rufai have been so pained to have made such a statement?

“Let it be known that the former President views herdsmen who kill unprovoked and with the intention of advancing their own economic and other interests as terrorists, pure and simple.  ( Akahi News)

One thought on “Jonathan Responds To Presidency, El-Rufai, Condoles With Victims Of Herdsmen Attacks

  1. The abuse or killing of any Nigerian within or outside the shores of our country is to be seriously condemned by any patriotic Nigerian.
    Having said that, I want to reiterate my earlier assertion that if this country had been ruled by genuinely patriotic Nigerians who have the interest of the common man at heart, we would not be talking about farmers/herdsmen clash today and be trading blame between the immediate past and current administrations.
    I will say it again and again, the Nigerian life was blatantly and callously trivialized under Jonathan regime, but this is not peculiar to his administration, all the past regimes since 1975 are culprits and majority of them are now PDP card carrying members.
    If Jonathan had invested one tenth of the money allowed to be looted/squandered under his watch from May 2010 to May 2015 in education and ranching especially among the fulanis, planting of trees to reduce or slow down desert encroachment in the north, we won’t be having this problem today.
    Yes, I concur with a respected and apolitical voice like Prof Wole Soyinka’s that the Buhari government should be seen to be doing much more than what is currently being done to stop this senseless killings, but the long term solution to this logjam is what this administration is doing through the Agriculture Ministry under Audu Ogeh a Benue state man.
    So shut your mouth and hide your face in shame.

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