- The Tor Tiv, James Ayatse, has placed a curse on politicians who instigate violence in Benue state, before, during or after the general elections
- Ayatse, the chairman, the state traditional council, urged the electoral body to ensure that the forthcoming elections are free, fair and credible
- He, however, urged political leaders to shun acts capable of causing crisis in the state
James Ayatse, the chairman, Benue state Traditional Council, Tor Tiv, on Tuesday, January 8, placed a curse on politicians plotting to instigate violence in the state before, during or after the 2019 general elections.
The paramount ruler placed the curse while speaking at the signing of a peace pact by governorship candidates in the state, an event organised in Makurdi by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The Punch reports that the monarch urged political leaders to shun acts capable of causing crisis in the state. He said there was no sacrifice too much to make to ensure peace in the state.
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According to him, “The traditional institution is committed to peace because we are at the receiving end. Whoever wants to cause chaos, the land will be against such a person.”
“We are here to talk about peace ahead of the forthcoming general elections. If there is any group of persons who should desire peace, it should be Benue people. We have suffered a lot. That is why we are talking peace.
“We, as traditional rulers, live with the people and we know the pains they go through. We feel the pains when we are faced with violence. We are totally committed to peace in Benue and we are prepared to pay the price to ensure peace.
“That is why we have taken the step to be apolitical in our dealings. We have suffered long enough. The ceremony is important but the action that follows is more important. The peace pact should not end on paper but must be translated to real action.”
Ayatse urged the electoral body to ensure that the forthcoming elections are free, fair and credible.
He said it was only by doing so that losers would be happy even in defeat. The traditional rulers also urged all candidates to ensure that their campaigns are issue-based.
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“We must be committed to playing by the rules. The political campaigns must be issue-based. The election umpire must be seen by its actions and inaction that it is neutral. The security agencies must not be seen to take sides. These are all important.
“There must be exceptional commitment to peace. We must avoid thuggery. I am therefore appealing to politicians to avoid thuggery.
“It is important that when elections are held, people will accept the results. When people don’t accept the result, we will have challenges. So, there must be equity, fairness and openness in the conduct of the elections.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Tor Tiv and chairman of the Benue state council of traditional rulers, HRM James Ayatse, fiercely decried the killing of seven people suspected to be herdsmen in Gboko, the traditional headquarters of Tiv nation.
Previously, some persons that were travelling through the town were mobbed and put to death following the continuous killing of Tiv people across the nation.
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