President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the attack on Benue State Governor as unacceptable, warning however that the incident should not be politicized.
Buhari said this in a statement on Sunday by his media aide, Garba Shehu, stating that an attack on any Nigerian is an attack on all Nigerians.
This comes more than 24 hours after the outspoken governor was attacked by gunmen, suspected to be herdsmen.
However, the president welcomed the deployment of a high-level team of crack investigators to the state from the Police headquarters in Abuja, calling on the officers to fish out the perpetrators of the attack 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 statement read in part.
It said Buhari has 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.
“Let there be open and transparent investigation and whoever is linked to it should be caught and be made to face the law,”