President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday condemned the attack on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, describing various attacks on individuals and communities in the state as unacceptable.
Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen had attacked the governor’s convoy on Saturday at Tyo Mu, along Makurdi-Gboko road.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had accused the president of being silent on the attack.
The PDP had said the silence of the president in the wake of the “attempted assassination” calls for serious concern.
Reacting, the president on Sunday described the attack as unacceptable. He warned that the incident should not be politicised.
“Let there be open and transparent investigation and whoever is linked to it should be caught and be made to face the law,” the president said in a statement by Garba Shehu, his spokesperson.
The president said an attack on any citizen is an attack on all Nigerians.
According to Garba Shehu, the president’s spokesman, Buhari welcomed the dispatch of a high-level team of crack investigators to the state from the police headquarters in Abuja.
He also called on the officers to uncover who, or whatsoever, was behind the attacks and bring them to justice.
The president called on the police 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,” Shehu said.