President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday expressed his disappointment and sadness over what he called “a litany of accusations against his person and his government” by Governor Samuel Ortom following the recent unfortunate incidents in Benue State.
Buhari, in a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, said Ortom only saw the problems of others but failed to see his own.
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He said: “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.”