- Former president Jonathan has lamented the attack on his home
- Jonathan disclosed this when Nigerian students paid him a visit
- According to him, the soldier would not have lost his life if he was not protecting him
Former president Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has again expressed pain over the killing of a soldier in the Christmas eve attack by unknown gunmen on his country home in Otuoke, Bayelsa state.
The former president stated this in his office in Abuja when the members of the executive of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) paid him a solidarity visit over the 24th December 2019, attack.
Addressing the students, Dr. Jonathan said: “I thank you for coming to sympathise with me and my family. The fact that a soldier lost his life in that attack traumatizes me. That young man wouldn’t have died, the way he did if he was not protecting me.
“Whenever people come to me, just as you people have come, to talk about that attack, I feel worried about the general society. Whenever I consider that people could do that to a former President who has reasonable security guarding him, my mind reaches out to the rest of Nigerians who do not have that level of protection. I am worried that so many people are becoming victims of sporadic shootings, kidnappings and so on. I believe that the country will get over the kind of insecurity it currently faces.”
Dr. Jonathan highlighted the importance of education and urged the students to be serious with their studies, adding that when people are educated the country would be able to manage governance and development issues better.
“For you young people, I urge you to believe in yourselves and believe in your country. Surely we will get to our destination,” he said further.
Speaking earlier, NANS President Danielson Akpan said that they had come to sympathise with the former President over the attack in his house and to thank him for his legacies in the education sector. Akpan told the former President that many students that enrolled in the 12 new federal universities he established had successfully graduated.
“The student that enrolled when you created those universities are now graduates. Some are gainfully employed, some are already employers of labour while some that have left the shores of our country are doing excellently well abroad.
“Your Excellency, Nigerians believe in you and what you stand for that elections should be freely conducted as you did in 2015. That particular call you placed on your successor on 31st of March 2015 is a notable achievement for which history will continue to hold you very dearly till eternity.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Jonathan, and his political protégé, Seriake Dickson the governor of Bayelsa state, met each other on Sunday, January 19.
The duo met at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Nguru, Aboh-Mbaise in Imo state during a thanksgiving service organised to Dr Kennedy Opara’s birthday celebration.
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