- President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to call Senator George Akume to order
- The advice was given by Benue state pressure group, Tiv Youth Organization (TYO)
- The group accused the minister of insulting Tiv Paramount Ruler, the Tor Tiv, HRM Professor James Ayatse
Benue state pressure group, Tiv Youth Organization (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.
The group in a statement sent to journalists on Sunday, December 29 and signed by its president-general, Timothy Hembaor, accused the minister of insulting Tiv Paramount Ruler, the Tor Tiv, HRM Professor James Ayatse who is also the chairman, Benue state council of chiefs.
According to the TYO, Akume had during a ceremony in Makurdi at the weekend, made scathing and derogatory statements against the Tor Tiv, accusing him of partisanship.
“Akume did not stop at that, he went on to castigate the church in Benue state, calling Pentecostal denominations (where the Tor Tiv fellowships) in particular as insignificant groups who have no electoral value.
“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,” part of the statement read.
The group continued: “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.
“This should be the last time that Senator Akume or anyone else hiding behind a political veil would make public statements against the Tor Tiv and other traditional rulers of the state.”
Akume was recently quoted as saying most farmers in the country were currently smiling to the banks as a result of the border closure policy of the Buhari administration.
Akume made the statement at a press briefing after reading the communique for minister stakeholders retreat to develop strategic plan 2019-2023 for his ministry, adding that the policies of Buhari's administration were for the good of common Nigerians.
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