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Allen Onyema Says His Benue Intervention Is For Peace, Not Politics

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October 28, 2019
Samson Folarin and John Charles

The Chairman of Air Peace, Chief Allen Onyema, has refuted insinuations that he intervened in the herders-farmers’ crisis in Benue State because of his alleged political ambition.

The philanthropist, who recently airlifted many stranded Nigerians from South Africa, noted that the action was driven by his love for peaceful coexistence in the country.

He also denied reports that the National Secretary of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Alhaji Alhassan Saleh, apologised for the killings in Benue during a peace meeting he organised.


Allen spoke on Sunday during a telephone interview with one of our correspondents.

The Air peace boss had on Saturday facilitated a meeting between the Miyetti Allah and the Benue State Government.

At the meeting, which was attended by top dignitaries of the state government, including Governor Samuel Ortom, Onyema had asked the two warring parties to embrace peace.

Saleh had apologised for all that happened, while Ortom had said he was only interested in defending the people of the state.


Onyema told The PUNCH that although the meeting was successful, he was surprised at reports that the Miyetti Allah’s secretary apologised for the killings in the state.

He said, “Saleh Alhassan, who is the leader of the Miyetti Allah, never admitted to the killings. He never said they were the ones that killed anybody. What he said was that, ‘we are here to make peace with the state.’

“On Saturday, I had called him because I knew his group had been having a running battle with the state government. I felt there should be peace in the country.



“The stadium was full and I started by preaching peace to the people of Benue. I told them that somebody was in their midst who they might not want to see before now. I said their governor was peaceful and the man was peaceful. I said he was Salleh Alhassan of Miyetti Allah and there was silence


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