Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari says the attack by gunmen on Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom should not be politicised, describing it as unacceptable demanding a stop to the string of brutal attacks on individuals and communities in the state.
Buhari stated this on Sunday through a statement by his media aide Garba Shehu.
He called on the country’s security agencies to uncover those behind the attacks and bring them to justice.
“President Muhammadu Buhari strongly condemns attack on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, saying the string of brutal attacks on individuals and communities in the state, with the latest one targeting the governor, was unacceptable,” the statement read.
“The President welcomes the dispatch of a high level team of crack investigators to the state from the Police headquarters in Abuja, urging the officers to uncover who, or whatsoever, was behind the attacks and bring them to justice.
“In expressing his sympathies, and that of the government of the federation to Governor Ortom and all Benue indigenes, President Buhari said the unfortunate incident must not be politicized, reiterating that an attack on one Nigerian is an attack on all Nigerians.
“The President directed the Police to undertake a thorough investigation into the incident involving the governor and into all such incidents affecting individuals and communities in the state”.
Mr Shehu quoted the president as saying “let there be open and transparent investigation and whoever is linked to it should be caught and be made to face the law.”
By Abel Ejikeme