The Presidency has expressed disappointment and sadness over the allegations made by Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue against President Muhammadu Buhari after soldiers and innocent citizens of the state were recently killed.
The Senior Special Assistant of the President for Media and Public Relations, Malam Garba Shehu, stated this in a statement in Abuja.
According to him, no responsible government enjoys such events as the killing of the military and innocent citizens, the refuge are looking in a camp for internally displaced persons.
Shehu said the president was deeply tormented by the horrific acts of violence that were taking place not only in Benue but also in other parts of the country.
He once again instructed law enforcement officials to do everything possible to catch those who committed these heinous acts and bring them to justice.
The President’s aide said, “That Citizens’ lives should not be so desecrated by engaging in political shame, which unfortunately appeared to be the intent of the series of emotional attacks and blame imposed on the president for the assassinations by Governor Ortom.
” President Buhari took an oath to defend the life and property of every citizen, a duty he takes seriously and which he is obliged to uphold.
“Those citizens, regardless of their affiliation, who either inciting, promoting or demonstrably caring for these atrocities will stand directly against the law and be responsible for their crimes against our fellow citizens and our nation.
“President Buhari insists time and again that the strength of our country lies in our diversity of beliefs, culture and traditions and seeks to sharpen the gap between north and south Nigeria, between Muslims and Christians and between communities that s e coexisting for centuries should be frowned upon and fought against.
As Nigerians, we colonialists accuse the politics of division and rule. Today it is our own leaders who stand region against region, religion against religion, ethnic group against ethnic group and community against community.
“The future of Benue, and indeed that of the whole country, is in harmony and respect for law, order and the constitution.
“This is the only way to achieve progress and development.”
Shehu assured that the president will continue to ensure safety and security Police would stand up and the armed forces on their toes to stay ahead in troubled parts of the country.
However, he said that the situation in the states would be greatly supported by anyone working together. “Is the foundation on which progress and prosperity can be achieved. “
He therefore stressed the need for the Ortom administration to work with the federal government in the implementation of a number of national strategies and programs aimed at addressing the underlying issues that are against peace, progress and development.
“This can still be achieved when the people’s interests are put above all other interests.
A people-elected government should have the people as its own Lords rather than his servants. ” he added.
Shehu cited the President as condolences to the families of the citizens who lost loved ones in the recent murders in Benue.