The Bayelsa State Governor-Elect, Chief David Lyon and the Minister of state for Petroleum Resources Chief Timipre Sylva have condemned the Tuesday attack on the home of the Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan by some unidentified gunmen in Otuoke community of Ogbia Local Government area of Bayelsa State, describing the attack as a new low for the politics of Bayelsa State.
While the Bayelsa Governor-Elect, Chief David Lyon, condemned the attack in its totality describing it as barbaric, inhuman and senseless.
Chief Timipre Syva said the attack on the former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, is not just an attack on an elder Statesman but an attack on the fabrics of our compassion as a people.
The Bayelsa state Governor-elect, Chief David Lyon,in a statement issued yesterday via email stated that the state would love to commiserates with the family members of the deceased as well as officers and men of the Nigerian Army over the loss of one their guards during the Tuesday attack on the residence of the Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, at his country home.
Chief Lyon, who condemned the attack in its totality described it as barbaric, inhuman and senseless,urged the Military in the country to rise and unmask those behind the dastardly acts and bring to Justice.
He also commended the Soldiers on guard for repelling the attack that would have caused a major setback for the country and the state in particular in this yuletide period.
Chief Lyon, also thanked Bayelsans for their calmness, peaceful disposition, and continued love for the former President and the good people of Otuoke for their unity despite the attack on their land which took the life of a gallant security personnel that has dedicated his lifetime to the service of the country.
The Governor-elect also used the medium to felicitate with Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and his lovely wife Dame Patience Jonathan, on the celebration of Christmas and also wished them a prosperous new year ahead.
He noted that the state is proud of their simple lifestyle which is worthy of emulation, adding that the loyalty and selfless service of Jonathan to the country and beyond is quiet unique, “we commensurate with Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and his wife Dam Patience Jonathan over this unfortunate incidence and urged them to be steadfast in their belief in God.
On his part, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, described the incident as a sore occurrence in the history of the state, “This, very sadly, scores a new low for the politics of Bayelsa State and, Chief Sylva, unequivocally condemns this deeply disturbing attack”.
“This attack reveals how negative emotional investment in politics has continued to drag people to the far edges of desperation, cynicism and total disregard for human life. Let me send my warmest solidarity and regards to the family of Goodluck Jonathan, the Nigerian Army on the loss of their personnel, the people of Otuoke community, and all affected at this very steep and trying moment”. I urge security agencies to bring, swiftly, the perpetrators, and those that inspire them, to book”