The President ’s aide , however, said , “ It is a mistake to say the Nigerian government is talking to bandits .
The Miyetti Allah group is like the Ohanaeze and Afenifere . It is a socio -cultural group . There are criminals within the Yoruba race and you cannot say because of that Afenifere is a group of criminals .
“ The Nigerian government is speaking with the leadership of the Fulani herders association, Miyetti Allah. ”
When asked if it was true that the herders were offered N 100 m to help maintain peace , Shehu said, “ That is 100 per cent untrue. I have confirmed that in all the meetings held , money was never discussed .
“ All of the issues were about the involvement of the leadership of Miyetti Allah and getting them to prevail upon its members and they are many . We asked them to help assist the administration to recover weapons which were owned by a lot of these elements. ”
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu’