Former President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed his displeasure over the plan of the federal Government to extend military operation to the South-South and the South-West.
Jonathan made his dissatisfaction known through a Press release which was posted on his Facebook page on Tuesday and signed by his aide on media Mr Reno Omokri.
The statement reads in part “However, we want to advise the Buhari administration, which has announced plans to extend the military show of force to the South-South and the South-West through Operation Crocodile Smile, to tread with caution. Nigeria is no longer under military rule. In a democracy, you separate the military from the police. The military is not meant to fight criminality within a nation because they are trained to fight a nation’s external enemies. It is the police that are trained to fight crime internally. When the military starts doing the job of the police and starts fighting or doing what they call a ‘show of force’, the effect will not be to reduce crime. The effect will be to intimidate people.”
Jonathan also described the Press Conference which was held by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Sunday 17th September, as one that is full of insinuations and an attempt at spreading falsehood, he challenged the minister of information to name those that are behind IPOB.
“The insinuations in the press conference given by Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Sunday the 17th of September 2017, accusing the opposition of sponsoring the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and the fact that he mentioned that Nnamdi Kanu preached Nigerian unity during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan is another clear indication that the present administration has not left propaganda mode for proper agenda mode two and a half year into their tenure.
If the government in which Lai Mohammed serves, knows which opposition members are sponsoring IPOB, then they should identify them, arrest them and then prosecute them.”
The former President commended the South-East governors for their efforts in restoring peace and bringing stability to the region.
“I also commend the governors of the Southeast for cooperating with the military and in the process saving lives and property. It is a noble act that should not be ignored.”
Jonathan went on to enumerate the exploit of the ministry of information when he was President.
“Finally, I seize this opportunity to remind Lai Mohammed that under the Jonathan administration the ministry of information had annual ministerial briefing where the media and civil society groups interrogated cabinet ministers on the activities of their departments. 100 days briefing was given to Nigerians on the government’s vision and one year briefings was given to the nation on government activities. An elaborate mid term briefing was also given by that government to the country on the achievements of the administration.
Lai Mohammed should think about these as information minister and should know that he is minister for information not minister for propaganda. ” The statement concluded.