President Muhammadu Buhari and Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue State has congratulated Prof James Ayatse on his election as the Tor Tiv paramount ruler of the Tiv nation.
Prof Ayatse, who was a former vice chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, is also the pioneer and ex vice chancellor of the Federal University, Dutsinma, Katsina State.
In a statement by his special adviser media, Femi Adesina, the president said he believes that Ayatse’s emergence as the paramount ruler of the Tiv people is an affirmation of his strength of character, integrity, and moral authority garnered over the years as a lecturer, erudite scholar and administrator.
While urging all his subjects to rally round the new monarch to make his reign as the fifth Tor Tiv a resounding success, President Buhari urged the paramount ruler to use his revered office as a veritable platform for conflict prevention, peace building and development at the grassroots.
Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, also congratulated the yet-to-be installed paramount ruler of the Tiv nation over his emergence as the fifth paramount ruler of the Tiv nation.
Ayatse was born in 1956 at Shangev-Ya, in Kwande Local Government Area.
Receiving the Tor Tiv-elect at the Benue People’s House yesterday in Makurdi, Ortom described him as a man with the fear of God, honesty and integrity.
He commended the transparent manner in which Ayatse emerged as Tor Tiv, adding that it showed the commitment of the Tiv people in upholding the principles of fairness, truth and justice.
He disclosed that the emergence of Ayatse was an act of God, adding that the outcome of the election had proven that the government did not interfere with the process as he had earlier promised.
The governor also said that he was comfortable with the choice made by the kingmakers and restated his resolve to accord the traditional institution its revered status, adding that he would work with the new Tor Tiv and other traditional rulers to bring development to the people.
Responding, the Tor Tiv-elect thanked God for making him ruler of the Tiv nation and prayed for the wisdom to administer justice in a fair and transparent manner to all his subjects.
He commended the governor for providing a level playing field in the selection process, adding that he was aware of the problems of his people and would depend on God’s guidance in tackling them.