Tor Tiv reunites Benue Gov, SGF

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Paramount ruler of the Tiv people worldwide, Tor Tiv, Professor James Ayatse, has reconciled Governor Hyacinth Alia with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Senator George Akume.

The duo – Governor Alia and Akume – have been at loggerheads over the control of the All Progressives Congress (APC) structure in Benue.

Supporters of both men have severally traded accusations while efforts made at different times to resolve the crisis rocking the party failed such that the APC now has two secretariats under two chairmen in the state.

Worried about the development, Tor Tiv had on Easter Monday summoned both of his subjects to his palace in Gboko.

At the meeting, the monarch said it had become necessary to hold discussion with both men over the political conflict.

He expressed worries about the utterances, statements and activities from both camps and warned them to sheathe their swords.

He stressed that the disunity would affect the Tiv nation at a time which the tribe needed peace the most just as he admonished the Tiv politicians to note that they have only Benue to call their own and must do everything possible to protect it from disintegration.

“I have noted that Tiv politics has been in the bad news for quite some time for the wrong reasons. I have been having sleepless nights over these. We are all from Benue, we are one and we speak one language, we are no strangers but the disunity among you our prominent political sons makes it look like we are strangers in our home.

“Be mature and be proud of the Tiv nation. Do not make Tiv a laughing stock, I cannot have you fighting. I want to plead with you and all the politicians in Tiv land and the political actors to sheath their swords, because the international community is watching, Nigeria is watching, our neighbors are watching,” the monarch posited.

Consequent upon the royal father’s intervention, journalists were let into the meeting room during which both the SGF and the governor shook hands, embraced themselves and took photographs together with the monarch as well as few supporters of the duo who were present at the reconciliation meeting.

The Tor Tiv thereafter expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the meeting, saying that they have both agreed to bury their differences and work together as a team for the good of the Benue people.

Ayatse added, “So all the past differences have been put aside, you have a fresh start, working together in unity, in cooperation and agreement for the progress and development of Benue State.”

“They (Alia and Akume) have made a commitment before us and they have agreed by symbolically shaking and embracing one another. We (council of chiefs) are happy with the resolutions they took themselves”, he added