Gov Okowa condemns attack on Jonathan's hometown

Gov Okowa condemns attack on Jonathan's hometown

- The attack on Otuoke, the hometown of Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, continues to generate reactions

- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has condemned the attack in strong terms

- The governor urged the federal government to beef up security around the former Nigerian leader

Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has condemned in strong terms the attack on former President Goodluck Jonathan at his Otuoke home in Bayelsa state.

In a statement by his spokesman, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on Tuesday, December 24 in Asaba, the governor said the incident was disturbing and unwarranted.

He said it was more condemnable because the former president was a peace-loving man who always preached peaceful political engagements.

He stated that Jonathan had been a great patriot and a promoter of peaceful politics, and did not deserve to be attacked in his home town or anywhere else.

“It is pathetic and shameful that unknown gunmen could attack a leader who had on several occasions said his 'ambition was not worth the blood of any Nigerian.'

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“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I condemn the attack on our dear former President.

“I also commiserate with him on the unfortunate demise of a gallant soldier who lost his life in the attack,” Governor Okowa said.

Governor Okowa also called on the police and other security agencies to fish out those behind the attack and bring them to justice.

He further urged the federal government to beef up security around the former Nigerian leader.

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Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had on Tuesday, December 24, put a phone call through to Dr Jonathan to sympathise with him over the attack.

According to a statement by presidential spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, Buhari reassured Jonathan of his safety and security as well as those of all Nigerians, remain the preoccupation of his administration.

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The president also commiserated with the families of the dead soldier and the injured during the attack.

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