Former President Goodluck Jonathan has reacted to the recent killings in Benue, Taraba by Fulani Herdsmen.
Jonathan, in a press statement by his Media Reps, condoled with the victims and also responded to
reports that 756 people were killed in his tenure by Fulani Herdsmen.
‘”Former President Jonathan wishes to express his condolences to the government and people of Benue,
Kaduna, Taraba, Adamawa and Nasarawa states, over the recent spate of killings occasioned by herdsmen/farmers clashes.
“His heart bleeds for the sufferings of Nigerians and he calls on the authorities to do everything in
their power to put an end to these needless killings.
“Having said that, let it be known that we find the statement by the Presidency stating that 756
Nigerians were killed by Fulani herdsmen in two years under the government of former President Jonathan
as a mischievous assertion by a callous Presidential spokesman who thinks that death is something to be trivialized.
“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
Fulani 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 Fulani 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 Fulani herdsmen,
many of whom were not even Nigerian citizens.