Thursday, 11 January 2018

- Former President Goodluck Jonathan sends condolence message to five northern states over the clashes between farmers and herdsmen - Jonathan reveals how he ordered security agencies to tackle the menace when he became president - He also says denies not acting as president saying the casualty figure being peddled is a lie Former President Jonathan has revealed how he tackled the clashes between herdsmen and farmers while he governed Nigeria till 2015 when he was defeated by Muhammdu Buhari, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Jonathan also sent his condolences to the government and people of Benue, Kaduna, Taraba, Adamawa and Nasarawa states over the recent killings occasioned by herdsmen/farmers clashes. A statement on his social media wall says the former president’s heart bleeds for the sufferings of Nigerians and he calls on the authorities to do everything in their power to put an end to what he calls needless killings. READ ALSO: Soldiers discover arms factory in Nasarawa, arrest suspects (photos) The statement described as mischievous the statement credited to the presidency that 756 Nigerians were killed by herdsmen in two years under the government of former President Jonathan. “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 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 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 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 statement read. It added that the military immediately obeyed the 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. PAY ATTENTION: Read the news on Nigeria’s #1 new app “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,” the statement added among others. earlier reported how Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state said that he warned his Benue state counterpart, Samuel Ortom, against implementing the state anti-grazing law recently passed into law by the state House of Assembly.

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