Monarchs, others knock Akume for attacking Tor Tiv
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.”