Akume’s anti-tor Tiv comments, a sacrilege –Group
ATiv socio-cultural organisation, Mdzough U Tiv, has said the comments made by the Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator George Akume, against the Tor Tiv, Prof James Ayatse, were sacrilegious and injurious to the Tiv nation.
The group said rather than divide the Tiv nation, Akume should use his position and resources to advance the cause of unity, progress and tradition of the people.
The organisation, in an open letter to the minister, signed by its President, edward Ujege: and Secretary, Boniface Ukende; said Akume’s anti-tor Tiv comments were sacrilegious and injurious to the stool of the monarch, the Tiv Traditional Council and the entire Tiv nation.
The Tiv socio-cultural group called on the minister to deescalate the tension in order to keep the peace in Tiv land.
The statement read, “Mdzough U Tiv re-echoes the stand of the Tiv Traditional Council that you should urgently appear before the council to clear your name and resolve the issues for the overall benefit of the Tiv nation.” governor assented to the bill at the Government House, Katsina.
The commissioner explained that the law would come into effect from January 20,2020 .
el-marzuq said the only exception to the law were members of the law enforcement agencies such as the military, police, civil defence, road safety corps, immigration and customs.
He said, “The government took the decision because of the discovery that most of the kidnappings are being carried with tricycles and motorcycles in the entire state.”
el-marzuq warned that violators of the law would be jailed for up to one year with an option of fine or both as prescribed by the Penal Code.