The Presidency has said deaths recorded during previous administration are nothing comparable to those being recorded in the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The President Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said this during an interview on Kakaaki, a breakfast television programme on AIT.
He said this when responding to report by the acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu’s claim that 1,071 persons lost their lives in crime-related cases across the country in the first quarter of 2019.
Shehu said although he would not want to compare figures, the fact remains sacred.
The president’s spokesman said despite the recent spike in killings, banditry and kidnapping, the statistics was still better than that of the previous administration.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan was at the helm of affairs between 2011 and 2015 before he lost his reelection to current President Buhari.
He said, “Yes, there has been a recent spike (in attacks) but this is not to suggest that this has never happened in the country and they are beginning just now because President Buhari is out of the country.”
“You mentioned the numbers but I want to say from our own point of view in the Presidency, we have avoided comparing numbers because it will lead to the same criticisms that some people have made of being insensitive because even if it is one life of a Nigerian that is lost, it is important, it cannot be justified, it cannot be defended.”
“But anybody who takes the trouble to check the Presidential website; at some point, Femi (Adesina) had done the numbers and the staggering numbers put on display coming from the past are nothing comparable to these numbers but we will not take it lightly.”