Presidency said it is pleased that Afenifere and Ohaneze Ndigbo have found its insights worthy of attention even when they disagreed with its view that they, as socio-cultural associations, represent same interests as Miyetti Allah, an association of Fulani herders.
In statement issued by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President
On Media & Publicity stated that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government is equipped to address issues
and engage Nigeria’s ethnic, religious, cultural and economic plurality which was evident when General Yakubu Gowon introduced the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC.
The presidency statement also disclosed that the Miyetti Allah, like any other trade, community, ethnic organization or interest group is a legal stake holder in our nation and should be respected hence the need for the Buhari led government to engage all stakeholders and seek partnership in building the country.
The statement while agreeing that there are criminals among every group in Nigeria and in every country, however stated that it is not good to generalize blames and that the government will engage each stakeholder and create dialogue between, and among, different groups.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity however raised concerns about an allegation by the Ohaneze that government gave 100 billion Naira to Miyetti Allah for dubious reasons describing it as an absolute falsehood.
Shehu, in his statement on his facebook page stated that government choose again to speak on this because it is dangerous for the public to ignore rumours aimed at inciting people against each other or against the government.
He also disclosed that As the President Buhari’s administration has stated time and again, transparency and dialogue are essential for public enlightenment and nation building.