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INSECURITY: Buhari sad, disappointed over Ortom’s outburst

INSECURITY: Buhari sad, disappointed over Ortom’s outburst

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed disappointment over the attack on him and his administration by Benue Governor, Samuel Ortom, over recent killings in the state.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, President Buhari also advised political leaders to desist from making comments that further divide the country.

According to him, the rising level of incidences, especially the killings and violence in various parts of the country, call for collaboration with security agencies.

Ortom had accused Buharis of having no interest in protecting Nigerians, following recent killings in his state, particularly the attack on an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp where seven persons were killed by suspected killer herdsmen.

But Buhari expressed his condolences to families who lost their loved ones in the recent spate of killings in the state.

He stated the rising levels of violent incidences, especially the killings in different parts of the country, call for further collaboration with security agencies to curb recurrence.

“The President expresses his condolences to the families of our dear citizens who lost their loved ones in the recent spate of killings in Benue State.

“Furthermore, he states that the rising levels of incidents, especially the killings and violence in various parts of the country calls for further collaboration with security agencies to curb its recurrence.

“He also states his disappointment and sadness to hear Samuel Ortom, the Governor of Benue State make a litany of accusations against his person and his government of following the recent unfortunate incidents in the state.

“No responsible government takes pleasure in such events as the killing of the military and that of innocent citizens taking refuge in an Internally Displaced People’s camp.

“President Buhari is deeply pained by the terrible acts of violence happening not only in Benue State but also in other parts of the country and expects that the law enforcement agencies will go to every possible extent to catch the perpetrators of these heinous acts and bring them to justice.

“The lives of fellow citizens should not be desecrated by deploying them in political diatribe, which unfortunately appeared to be the intent of the string of emotional attacks and blame laid at the doors of the President for those killings by Governor Ortom.

“President Buhari took an oath to defend the life and property of every citizen, a duty he takes seriously and is committed to ensuring.

“Those citizens regardless of their affiliations, who either incite, sponsor or are proven to be abettors of these atrocities will face the law squarely and be answerable for their crimes against our fellow citizens and nation.

“President Buhari continuously stresses that the strength of our country lies in our diversity in faith, culture, and traditions and attempts to sharpen the divide between northern and southern Nigeria, between Muslims and Christians, and between communities that have coexisted for centuries should be frowned upon and resisted.

“As Nigerians, we accuse colonial rulers of the policy of divide and rule. Today, it is our own leaders who put region against region, religion against religion, ethnic group against ethnic group and community against community.

“The future of Benue State and indeed that of the entire country lies in harmony and the respect for law, order, and the constitution. It is the only way to achieve progress and development. THE NATION



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