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Akume under fire for insulting Tor Tiv, churches in Benue

Tiv Youth Organisation, (TYO), has called on President Muhamadu Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, call the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, George Akume, to order over his recent insults on the person and office of the Tiv Paramount Ruler, the Tor Tiv, HRM Professor James Ayatse, who is also the Chairman, Benue State Council of Chiefs.
The youth group claimed that during a ceremony in Makurdi at the weekend, the former Senator representing Benue North West, Akume made scathing and derogatory statements against the Tor Tiv, accusing him of partisanship – (tor pati) meaning king of politics.
President General, Tiv Youth Organisation (TYO), Timothy Hembaor, in a statement yesterday, said Akume also castigated the church in Benue State, calling Pentecostal denominations (where the Tor Tiv fellowships) in particular as insignificant groups who have no electoral value.
He said, “We as youths of Tiv land, view Senator Akume’s utterances against the Tor Tiv and the entire Tiv Traditional institution as sacrilegious, abominable and unacceptable coming from a supposed prominent son of Benue State.
“Akume’s claims that Tor Tiv played a key role in his defeat at the last general election is neither here nor there. How did the Tor Tiv cause Akume’s defeat? Was the paramount ruler part of INEC or did he prevent Akume’s supporters from voting for the Senator?
“This is not the first time that Senator Akume has cast aspersions on the integrity of the Tor Tiv and other leaders of the land. Akume has not spared any Benue son or daughter from his vitriol since he lost his bid to return to the red chamber of the National Assembly. The disturbing trend has now moved against the Chief Custodian of the Tiv cultural heritage the Tor Tiv.
We, therefore, wish to urge president Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, call his minister to order.

-Tide

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