Nigeria’s immediate past President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has described the killing of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of a leader of the pan- Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti as an act of terrorism.
Jonathan, who stated this on Tuesday when he paid a condolence visit to Pa Fasoranti over the death of his daughter also called on the Federal Government to be proactive on the issue of insecurity across the country.
Speaking with journalists, Jonathan called on the government in power to look into the 2014 National Conference report which he said made recommendations on ways to tackle insecurity in the country.
His words: “Every generation of human beings face problems and that generation must find ways of solving those problem. Every government faces some unique problems. Insecurity has been with us since immediately after the civil war.
“That was the first time we experienced armed robbery in Lagos . From armed robbery , it graduated to kidnapping. The first major kidnapping was described as commercial kidnapping because some money exchanged hands.
“This happened in 2006 when I was governor of Bayelsa State. From commercial kidnapping, it moved to terrorism in the north and now some kind of terrorist attacks are all over the country when people will just come out to the road and spray bullets on innocent people.
“That is a terrorist attack. You have no reason to attack somebody you don’t even know, that is terrorism.
“In 2014 when I was president, we had a national conference where a number of things were discussed. The issues of security, state and regional police were discussed.
“I always believe that the government looks into that report because it was not written by me. So we should not play politics with national issues. If we look into that report, there are recommendations.
“A lot of things were discussed during the national conference organized during my time as president. The issue of security, state and community policing were discussed. I always believe that the government should look at that report. It was not written by me.
“We should not play politics with a serious national issue. If we look at that report, there are recommendations that bother on security and if there is an area that needs to be expanded because I believe everyday new idea comes, it should be updated.
“There is nothing wrong holding a specific meeting to look at the issue of security. I believe the federal and state governments need to have a new approach, deploy technology and have more money to protect our people.”