President Buhari says attack On Ortom Mustn’t Be Politicized


President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the attack on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, warning politicians not to take advantage of the incident.

Gunmen had opened fire on the convoy of the governor who was returning from his farm on Saturday.

Many persons have reacted to the incident, calling the federal authorities to deal with the rising security within the nation.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had criticized the president for delaying his response to the incident.

However, in a statement on Sunday night, the president condemned the assault, asking security operatives to carry out a thorough investigation.

“President Muhammadu Buhari strongly condemns assault on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, saying the string of brutal assaults on people and communities within the state, with the latest one targeting the governor, was unacceptable.

“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 assaults and bring them to justice.

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“In expressing his sympathies, and that of the government of the federation to Governor Ortom and all Benue indigenes, President Buhari stated the unlucky incident should not be politicized, reiterating that an attack on one Nigerian is an attack on all Nigerians.

“The President directed the Police to undertake a radical investigation into the incident involving the governor and into all such incidents affecting people and communities within the state.

“Let there be an open and transparent investigation and whoever is linked to it should be caught and be made to face the legislation,” the President stated in a statement Garba Shehu, his media aide, issued on his behalf.


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