Benue lawmakers condemn Akume over utterances on Tor Tiv
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.”