Benue law­mak­ers con­demn Akume over ut­ter­ances on Tor Tiv

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Mem­bers of the Benue State cau­cus of the Na­tional As­sem­bly on Satur­day con­demned the al­leged ut­ter­ances of the Min­is­ter of Spe­cial Du­ties and In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Af­fairs, Ge­orge Akume, against the Paramount Ruler of the Tiv na­tion, James Ay­atse, Tor Tiv the fourth.

A state­ment by the three sen­a­tors and seven House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives mem­bers from the state called on the min­is­ter to apol­o­gise to the paramount ruler.

The state­ment was en­dorsed by Sen­a­tors Gabriel Suswam, Em­manuel Orker-jev, Abba Moro and seven mem­bers of House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Akume had penul­ti­mate Satur­day al­legedly ac­cused the paramount ruler of get­ting in­volved in pol­i­tics in the last gen­eral elec­tions and de­scribed him as Tor party (king of po­lit­i­cal party).

The cau­cus mem­bers said that as Chair­man of the Benue State Coun­cil of Chiefs, the Tor Tiv must be re­spected with­out any pre­con­di­tions by all Benue sons and daugh­ters re­gard­less of their sta­tus and lo­ca­tions.

The state­ment read in part, “It is, there­fore, to­tally un­ac­cept­able for a Benue son and par­tic­u­larly a man who has oc­cu­pied the high­est po­si­tions of lead­er­ship in the state and be­yond, to de­lib­er­ately seek to den­i­grate the sanc­tity of the Tor Tiv in­sti­tu­tion.

“We find the re­cent un­com­pli­men­tary and deroga­tory re­marks by the Min­is­ter of Spe­cial Du­ties and In­ter-gov­ern­men­tal Af­fairs, Se­na­tor Ge­orge Akume most un­for­tu­nate, and if al­lowed to go unchecked, por­tend grave con­se­quences not only on the im­age of Benue State but also would set neg­a­tive prece­dence for the present and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

“We con­demn in very clear and strong terms the Min­is­ter’s re­gret­table ut­ter­ances against the Tor Tiv, His Royal Majesty, Prof James Ay­atse, and we urge Se­na­tor Akume to de-es­ca­late the ugly sit­u­a­tion in the best in­ter­est of our dear state and ten­der an un­re­served apol­ogy to the Tor Tiv.”

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