Buhari, APC react to attack on Jonathan

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Following a violent attack by unknown gunmen at the residence of former President Goodluck Jonathan, President Muhammadu Buhari has reassured Jonathan of his safety and security as well as those of all Nigerians, remain the preoccupation of his administration.

The President who put a call through to his predecessor, Dr Jonathan, to sympathise with him over the attack on his Otuoke country home on Monday in Bayelsa, also commiserated with the families of the dead soldier and the injured during attack.

According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari in a telephone conversation, expressed sadness over the “tragic and unfortunate attack,” during which a gallant soldier lost his life.

“While commending the soldiers on guard for bravely repelling the attack, the President condoled with family members as well as officers and men of the Nigerian Army over the loss of one of the guards.

“President Buhari assured that the protection of the life of the former leader and all citizens of the country will continue to be the major preoccupation of his administration,” the statement said.

Also the All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on security agencies to conduct a thorough investigation into the attack.

In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, in Abuja on Tuesday, the APC condemned the attack and urged security agencies to fish out the perpetrators and their sponsors.

Issa-Onilu said: “Following reports that gunmen attacked the country home of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Otuoke, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, APC demands from security and intelligence agencies a swift, sweeping and thorough probe of the shocking incident.

“The APC joins other well-meaning Nigerians in condemning the attack in its entirety. We call on security agencies to fish out the perpetrators and their sponsors.

“We extend condolences to the family of the soldier who reportedly died in the attack.

“The Party also wishes the other injured soldier a full and speedy recovery,” he said.

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