Monar­chs, oth­ers knock Akume for at­tack­ing Tor Tiv

The Punch - - NEWS - John Charles, Makurdi

TRA­DI­TIONAL rulers and other prom­i­nent Tiv sons have con­demned the ver­bal at­tack on the Tor Tiv, Prof. James Ay­atse, by the Min­is­ter of Spe­cial Du­ties and In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Af­fairs, Ge­orge Akume.

The min­is­ter was said to have ac­cused Ay­atse of team­ing up with the peo­ple to en­sure his de­feat in the last gen­eral elec­tion.

he al­legedly called the Tor Tiv, “Tor pati,” a term con­sid­ered deroga­tory by Tiv peo­ple.

But the Kon­shisha Area Tra­di­tional Coun­cil, Ter Ikyor, and Chair­man of the Sec­ond Class Tra­di­tional Rulers in Tiv land, Chief Thomas Jam Gbinde, con­demned Akume’s con­duct.

They said such con­duct was alien to Tiv cul­ture.

Gbinde, who was speak­ing at Ag­beede dur­ing this year’s Mba­tor Day cel­e­bra­tions, said cas­ti­gat­ing the Tor Tiv in the public amounted to in­sult­ing the en­tire Tiv na­tion.

he said such an act would only por­tray the Tiv peo­ple in a bad light be­fore other na­tion­al­i­ties.

Ter Ikyor said. “As il­lus­tri­ous sons of the Tiv na­tion, it is only proper for any­one who has grudges with our para­mount ruler to go and dis­cuss with him in pri­vate. You can­not go on the pages of news­pa­pers to rain in­sults on him be­cause it por­trays us as peo­ple with­out re­spect for the tra­di­tional in­sti­tu­tion.”

Also con­demn­ing the at­tack, Ty­oor Mbat­sen, Chief Daniel Kuhwa, lauded the Tiv Youth Or­gan­i­sa­tion for promptly con­demn­ing Akume’s com­ments and de­mand­ing a public apol­ogy from the min­is­ter to the Tor Tiv.

Kuhwa said it was an abom­i­na­tion for a son of Tiv land “to go to the mar­ket square to call the royal fa­ther un­print­able names.”

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