Benue killings: Ortom put the blames on Buhari Presidency
NaijaNews Nigeria reports that the Presidency expressed worry on Thursday about Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom’s remarks about President Muhammadu Buhari and the federal government.
This online news medum gathered that according to a statement released by Mr Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, he just sees the concerns of others and not his own.
“The President extends his condolences to the families of our dear people who have lost loved ones in the recent spate of killings in Benue State,” according to the release.
Furthermore, he claims that the increasing number of accidents, especially killings and violence in various parts of the world, necessitates greater cooperation with security agencies to prevent their recurrence.
“He also expresses his dismay and sadness at hearing Samuel Ortom, the Governor of Benue State, level a slew of allegations against him and his administration in the aftermath of recent unfortunate incidents in the state.
@No accountable government finds pride in activities such as the targeting of military personnel and innocent civilians seeking shelter in an Internally Displaced Persons camp. President Buhari is profoundly troubled by the horrific acts of violence occurring not only in Benue State but also in other parts of the world, and he expects law enforcement authorities to go to whatever length to apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators of these heinous acts.
“The lives of fellow people should not be desecrated by deploying them in political diatribes, which sadly appears to be the purpose of Governor Ortom’s series of emotional assaults and blame laid at the feet of the President for those killings. “Those people, regardless of their affiliations, who either inspire, support, or are found to be abettors of these massacres will face the law squarely and be answerable for their crimes against our fellow citizens and nation,” President Buhari said.
“President Buhari consistently emphasizes that the power of our nation lies in our diversity of religion, culture, and customs, and efforts to widen the gap between northern and southern Nigeria, Muslims and Christians, and cultures that have coexisted for centuries should be frowned upon and resisted.
“As Nigerians, we accuse colonial rulers of a divide-and-rule approach. Today, it is our own politicians who pit one area against another, one religion against another, one ethnic group against another, and one race against another.
“The future of Benue State, and indeed the whole world, lies in unity and reverence for law, justice, and the constitution.” It is the only way to move forward and improve.
“While the President will need to keep defense, police, and the armed forces on their toes in troubled areas of the world, all working together will profoundly help the situation in the states because it is the basis on which progress and development will be accomplished.
“Benue, under the Ortom administration, should work with the Federal Government to enact a series of national strategy initiatives aimed at solving underlying problems impeding stability, progress, and growth. This is still possible if the needs of the people are prioritized above all other considerations. A government elected by the people should regard the people as masters rather than servants.”