By A’isha Biola Raji
Former Minister of Aviation, Mr Femi Fani Kayode had in the last three days been involved in crucial meetings with Kogi state Governor Yahaya Bello over the food embargo against the South.
The meetings had in attendance, Alhaji Muhammed Tahir, president of the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuffs and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria and their Chairmen from all the 36 states and the FCT, Dr. Awwal Abdullahi Aliyu, president of the Northern Consensus Movement, Alhaji Abdullahi Mai Agogo, Sarkin Yaki Buhari and Alhaji Shettima Yerima
On his tweeter handle Thursday morning, the former aviation minister said the objective of the meeting was to avert a major crisis, “We ensured there were no reprisal killings of southerners in the north after the Shasha killings, we ensured that there was no tribal war, we ensured that the food embargo placed on the South by the Union was lifted, we stabilised a very tense and dangerous situation which had the potential of tearing our nation apart in a very violent way and we brought peace and unity to the country.”
According to Fani Kayode, there was a press conference that held at Kogi State Government Lodge in Abuja on Wednesday afternoon and another held later in the evening at the Presidential Villa after what he described as fruitful and productive meeting with Professor Gambari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mr Fani however commended the action of Yoruba Activist, Sunday Adeyemo who according to him was one of the principal actors that saw to the success of the deliberation. He said, “I commend and acknowledge the contribution, efforts, input and commitment of Chief Sunday Adeyemo (AKA Sunday Igboho Osha) and other key non-state actors to the peace process and the successful resolution of this crisis. Without them we could not have succeeded.
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