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Friday, August 2, 2019

GEN ABDUSALAMI APOLOGIZES TO GROUPS FOR INCLUDING MIYETTI ALLAH TO ROUNDTABLE SECURITY MEETING



The Former Head of State, Federal Republic of Nigeria, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (GCFR) has apologized to Pander, Afenifere, Ohanaeze and Middle Belt Forum for including Miyetti Allah in the roundtable invitation which was meant to hold on 29th and 30th July, 2019 in Minna. 

The groups rejected to honour the invitation because they seen it as an insult to have a roundtable with General Allah Fulani Development and Miyetti Allah who have been wielding illegal AK47 shedding innocent blood over the country. 

General Abdulsalami apologized to them but claimed that he did not see it the way which they have seen it. 

Read the groups rejection statement below:

"Roundtable on National Issues and Security"

"Greetings to you from the leaders of Southern and Middle  Belt Leaders Forum

"We individually received your invitation to the above event holding in Minna between 29-30 July, 2019.

We thank you for your interest in the affairs of our country which  made us to  accept your invitation  in good faith.

It was in the thick of our preparations for the journey that fuller details of  the roundtable came  to our attention,some aspect of which has necessitated this last minute communication with you.

We observed that the roundtable will have in attendance all the National Security Heads, Chief of Defence Staff and notable Nigerians, underscoring the high level of the consultations. 

We however noticed further that in your category of Socio-cultural organisations invited, you listed the following:
1. PANDEF 
2. AFENIFERE
3. OHANAEZE
4. MIDDLE BELT FORUM
5.  AREWA CONSULTATIVE FORUM
6. NORTHERN ELDERS FORUM

We were comfortable up to that point until we saw the following:
1 Gan Allah Fulani Development Association.
2 Miyetti Allah.

While we do not know the members of the first group, the lumping of Miyetti Allah ,a trade association for cattle herders and whose members have been accused of various violations of rights, including life,across the country sends worrying signal to us.

It falls into the categorisation of our respected socio-cultural  platforms with Miyetti Allah by Presidential Spokesman,Garba Shehu.

We consider  the  above a grave insult on our bodies and our coming to a roundtable with the group would mean acquiesce to the narrative that put us in the same bracket with those wielding illegal AK-47 all over the country and inflicting terror on fellow citizens. 

Even if the above was not the case with Miyetti Allah, bringing a trade group like them in the same vehicle with the nationalities organisations would  not have been appropriate as there are organisations of their category  for fishermen, farmers, spare parts dealers and poultry owners  among others across Nigeria who are not invited. 

Towards this end, we decline participation in the roundtable as scheduled without prejudice to your peace-building effort which is appreciated. 

We equally regret any inconvenience our decision may cause you as we know the efforts that go into putting events such as this together .

Rest assured of our cooperation in all efforts and dialogues to make Nigeria peaceful, secure and forward moving provided they are organised in a way that does not subtract from our dignity and value 

Once again,we appreciate all your efforts."

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