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Benue Agog as New Paramount Ruler Takes Oath of Office

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Benue Agog as New Paramount Ruler Takes Oath of Office

Unread postby Wsj » Sun Mar 05, 2017 9:09 am

The newly elected paramount ruler of Tiv people of Benue state, Ochiviri James Ayatse, Tor Tiv the 4th was yesterday given the staff of office by the Benue state governor with a charge to be non-partisan in the discharge of his duty.

The royal father who spoke shortly after receiving his staff of office from Governor Samuel Ortom promised to be father to all in his domain irrespective of socio-political and cultural affiliations.

As millions of Nigerians trooped to witness the coronation, particularly members of the All Progressive Congress (APC), the occasion was largely boycotted by members of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) who fingered the state government in the recent ordeal of the former governor of the state Gabriel Suswam with the DSS.

Prominent PDP leaders in the country including Suswam, Senator David Mark and PDP governors were absent from the occasion while it was who is who in the country from the APC including 16 governors, and the Senate president who all attended the event. The 61 year old paramount ruler said, “I will be Tor Tiv for all irrespective of political or religious affiliations.”

Ochiviri Ayatse noted that he became the paramount ruler of the Tiv race at a very difficult time in the history of the people but assured listeners that the challenges confronting the people would be surmounted.

Earlier, Governor Ortom stated that “as the Chief Custodian of the cultural values of his people, the Tor Tiv is the official voice unto whom the people look for direction and representation at all times. We expect him to shun the murky terrain of partisan politics and we are happy with his pledge to do so.”

In his speech former Vice President Atiku Abubakar urged the royal father to “bear in mind that your coronation as the Tor Tiv makes you the traditional leader of the entire Tiv kingdom, of everyone including of friend and foe.
“Let peace be your most potent weapon. I urge you to immediately set about mending fences and building bridges. Without peace, progress and development become even more difficult if not almost impossible”, Atiku added.

President Muhammadu Buhari, represented by the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe expressed his confidence in the ability Ayatse to lead the entire Tiv tribe. He called on the Tor Tiv to continue to promote agriculture in his domain.

Also commenting on the coronation of the Tor Tiv, Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura said with the calibre of Ayatse as the new Paramount ruler of the Tiv race peace and cordial relationship between Benue state and its neighbours would be further enhanced.
He said Nasarawa and Benue State would continue to work together to solve dispute arising from clash between farmers and herdsmen.

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