- Former President Goodluck Jonathan has spoken about insecurity in Nigeria.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has said that bullets and other forces of arms alone cannot stop the security challenges bewildering the country.
Jonathan made the comment while speaking at the 50th birthday reception of a former Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and Minister of Aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka, in Abuja on Sunday.
The former President stated that tackling crimes and criminology requires top-quality programmes of the government, technology, and other tactics, adding that the day Osita was born was the day armed robbers were first publicly shot in Nigeria.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that the first-ever public execution in Nigeria ocurred at Bar Beach in July 1971, when one Babatunde Folorunsho was shot for armed robbery, alongside Joseph Ilobo and Williams Alders Oyazimo, a sub-lieutenant in the Nigerian Navy.
Jonathan said, “The celebration of 50th birthday of Osita shows that he is a special person. So, it is a happy moment for all of us. Osita Chidoka is a blessing to the nation and those close to him know him very well.
“I didn’t know him until when I got involved in politics and get to Abuja as a vice president and when I took over after I lost my President.
“I have seen in him lots of talents, very talented very strategic. And he is somebody that really go for a number of things. He is a gift to Anambra State, he is a gift to Nigeria and we wish him well,” the former President stated.
Jonathan added, “(This is a) Very unique date. The day you (Osita) were born was the day armed robbers were first shot in Nigeria, it speaks a lot. Very unique. Luckily you are not an armed robber. But gone were the days when armed robbers were being shot.
“With the cases of armed robbery and others going on now shows clearly that bullets alone cannot stop it or other criminal activities in human beings.
“It requires top-quality programmes of the government, it requires technology, it requires a lot to stop armed robbery and all forms of crimes, including corruption that we talk about every day,” he said.
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