The former president who is from Bayelsa, an oil-rich state in the Niger Delta region, spoke when he met with the United States Congress House sub-committee on Africa.
Premium Times quoted a spokesperson to the former president, Ikechukwu Eze, as saying the meeting was part of efforts of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation to continue to promote peace and prosperity in Nigeria and Africa.
According to the report, the former president, who is the chairman of the foundation, was invited by the sub-committee and he said the government must implement the resolutions of the 2014 National Conference.
According to him, this is the only way to prevent ethnic and religious tensions such as the one currently ravaging the southern area of Kaduna state.
The report said Jonathan also noted that violence was being fueled by impunity. According to him, those perpetrating violence in the country are encouraged because previous suspects are not arrested.
Jonathan revealed ways to resolve the tension that has gripped the country
Jonathan recalled how he tried to tackle the case of Kabiru Sokoto, the man allegedly behind the Christmas Day bombing of Saint Theresa’s Catholic Church in Madalla, Niger state.
Sokoto who was arrested, prosecuted, convicted and imprisoned by while Jonathan was president.
The president was quoted as saying: “That promise was fulfilled on the 20th of December 2013 when Kabiru Umar, aka Kabiru Sokoto, was sentenced to life imprisonment after my administration investigated that crime, identified him as the mastermind, arrested him and diligently prosecuted him and some of his associates.”
He said he supported true federalism as recommended in the report of the 2014 National Conference adding that this was the solution to the Niger Delta crisis.
He lamented that agencies created to handle the Niger Delta affairs have not been up to the task because of politics.