The roasting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) woman leader in Kogi State had got the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari who ordered a thorough investigation into her gruesome death in the hands of political thugs.
The President said no life should be taken wantonly under any guise.
Mrs Salome Abuh’s was burnt to death in her house by political thugs suspected to be from the rival party in Ochadamu Ward in Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi State.
The police believe her murder was a reprisal attack.
Her murder two days after the violence-ridden Kogi governorship election increased the fatalities from the election.
At least 10 people were reported killed in election-related violence in the state during the November 16 governorship election in the state.
Mr Buhari’s party, APC, won the governorship election and its officials have repeatedly claimed that the election was transparent and violence-free despite all the evidence to the contrary.
Prominent election observer groups who monitored the election condemned the level of violence with at least two of them, YIAGA and Situation Room, calling for the outright cancellation of the election.
Mr Buhari, in his Sunday statement, did not admit the killings during the election or the amount of violence witnessed; he, however, condemned the murder of Mrs Abuh.
The president’s reaction to the murder was contained in a statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina,
“President Muhammadu Buhari expects the scrupulous investigation into the heinous murder of Madam Achejuh Abuh, Woman Leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Wada/Aro campaign council, in the just concluded gubernatorial election in Kogi State,” Mr Adesina said.
“The president decries whatever could spur anyone to take the life of another human being, particularly a woman, who was burnt to death in her home in the most gruesome manner.”
Mr Adesina said President Buhari charged
“all security agencies involved in the investigation to do a thorough and expeditious job on the matter so that justice could be served without fear or favour.”
“We must learn to behave decently, whether during elections or at other times. No life should be taken wantonly under any guise, and the fact that this reprehensible act occurred two days after voting shows primitive behaviour, which should not be accepted in a decent society,” he quoted the president as saying.
He said Mr Buhari sympathizes with the family of the deceased and vowed that the law would catch up with the malefactors and justice would be done.
Any descent to barbarism, as was visited on the PDP Woman Leader, President Buhari says, has gone out of the realm of politics, and is pure criminality and bestiality, the spokesman said.
“Such evildoers must be brought to justice, irrespective of whatever allegiances they hold,” Mr Buhari was quoted as saying.
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