- Barrister Allen Onyema has dismissed media reports suggesting Miyetti Allah apologised for the killings in Benue state
- The prominent businessman said representatives of the group only pledged to maintain peace and order to finally put an end to the crisis
- Onyema recently facilitated a meeting between the Benue state government and Miyetti Allah
Chairman of the Foundation for Ethnic Harmony in Nigeria, FEHN, Allen Onyema, has reacted to reports indicating that Miyetti Allah apologised for the killings in Benue by armed herdsmen.
Onyema who brokered the peace meeting between the Fulani socio-cultural organisation and Benue state government said media reports suggesting that the group apologised for the killings is unfair.
He said Saleh Hassan who spoke on behalf of the group only pledged to maintain peace and order to finally put an end to the incessant killings in the state.
He pointed out that while Miyetti Allah pledged to ensure that the crisis between farmers and herdsmen in the state is will be put to an end, Governor Samuel Ortom on behalf of the state government also pledged to do the same.
“The entire intention was for both parties to engage each other harmoniously and peacefully towards amicable solutions to the conflict,” he said.
He also dismissed suggestions that most of his recent actions are because he is interested in politics.
He stated that he has been promoting peace since his days as a student, because he believes in the peaceful existence of people, no matter their tribe or religion.
Onyema's airline, Air Peace recently brought Nigerians who are victims of Xenophobia back to the country.
The gesture by the entrepreneur was applauded by many Nigerians, prompting the House of Representatives to honour him at one of its sittings.
Onyema said loves Nigeria so much that he would want peaceful co-existence of people from the different parts of the country.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Governor Ortom recently called on the federal government to extend its border closure to include foreign herdsmen.
The governor said the foreign herders were unfit to have access to Nigerian territories because of the arms they carry and later use to attack farming communities in Benue and beyond.
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