Miyetti Allah, like any other interest group in Nigeria should be respected – Presidency Tells Afenifere; Ohaneze (Press Statement)
Official Spokesperson to President Buhari, Garba Shehu has hit back at Afenifere and Ohaneze over the recognition given to Miyetti Allah, an association of Fulani herders.
In a recent news, Garba has likened Miyetti Allah to Afenifere and Ohaneze groups, but this resemblance was rebuffed by the two socio-cultural organisations.
In a series of tweets posted on the official twitter handle of Garba Shehu few minutes ago, the Presidency insists, Miyetti Allah, an association of Fulani herders can be compared to Afenifere and Ohaneze groups.
Read Full Press Statement Below:
We are pleased that Afenifere and Ohaneze Ndigbo found our insights worthy of attention even when they disagreed with our view that they, as socio-cultural associations, represent same interests as Miyetti Allah, an association of Fulani herders.
The point both socio-cultural groups missed, however, by insisting that government should not to talk to Miyetti Allah is the need to address and engage Nigeria’s ethnic, religious, cultural and economic plurality that was evident when General Yakubu Gowon introduced the NYSC.
The need to engage all groups of Nigeria is as much relevant today as it was then.
The Presidency’s position is that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government is equipped to address these issues. The security challenges faced by Nigeria today make the task of addressing the issues very urgent.
Miyetti Allah, like any other trade, community, ethnic organization or interest group is a legal stake holder in our nation and should be respected. We maintain that the government needs to engage all stakeholders and seek partnership in building our country.
The activities of Miyetti Allah do not benefit selected ethnicities or Muslims only, but everyone. Long before petroleum became the core of Nigerian economy, agriculture was the main source of Nigerian wealth. Cattle, hides and skin were a major part of Nigerian export.
It is right to state that there are criminals among every group in Nigeria and in every country. There are criminals among the northern population as there are in the southern part of the country.
It is not good to generalise blames. The government will engage each stakeholder and create dialogue between, and among, different groups.
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