President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the attack on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, warning politicians not to take advantage of the incident.
Gunmen had opened fire on the convoy of the governor who was returning from his farm on Saturday.
Many persons have reacted to the incident, calling the federal government to tackle the rising security in the country.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had criticized the president for delaying his response to the incident.
But in a statement on Sunday night, the president condemned the attack, asking security operatives to carry out a thorough investigation.
“President Muhammadu Buhari strongly condemns attack on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, saying the string of brutal attacks on individuals and communities in the state, with the latest one targeting the governor, was unacceptable.
“The President welcomes the dispatch of a high level team of crack investigators to the state from the Police headquarters in Abuja, urging the officers to uncover who, or whatsoever, was behind the attacks 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, reiterating that an attack on one Nigerian is an attack on all Nigerians.
“The President directed the Police to undertake a thorough investigation into the incident involving the governor and into all such incidents affecting individuals and communities in the state.
“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 Garba Shehu, his media aide, issued on his behalf.