ABUJA, Nigeria – Former President Goodluck Jonathan has disclosed that he was still traumatized over the Christmas Eve attack by unknown gunmen on his country home in Otuoke, Bayelsa State.
Jonathan revealed that the death of a soldier during the attack still traumatizes him.
reports has it that, a soldier on guard duty was killed as unknown gunmen attacked the courtyard of Jonathan situated close to the bank of the river at Otuoke, Ogbia Local Government Area, Bayelsa State.
It was gathered that about three of the gunmen were also killed by the soldiers, who foiled their attempt to break into the former president’s house.
The gunmen were said to have come through the river on five speedboats and opened fire on the soldiers.
However, Jonathan while hosting members of the executive of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, in his office in Abuja expressed worry over the level of insecurity Nigerians face.
According to Jonathan: “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.”
The former president also highlighted the importance of education and urged the students to be serious with their studies.
Jonathan stated that only when people are educated that 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