President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Prof. James Ortese Ayatse, on his election as Tor Tiv, the paramount ruler of the Tiv people.
Prof. Ayatse, a former Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of
Agriculture, Makurdi, is also the pioneer and immediate past
Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina State.
The President believes that Prof. 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 Tor Tiv the fifth, a resounding success, the President
Buhari urges the paramount ruler to use his revered office as a
veritable platform for conflict prevention, peace building and
development in the grassroots.
Commending the transparent process leading to the emergence of the royal father after the demise of his predecessor, HRH, Alfred Akawe Torkula, Tor Tiv IV, last year, the President offers his best wishes to the new monarch as he prepares to ascend the throne of his ancestors.
President Buhari pledges that his administration will continue to
recognise traditional institutions as key partners in progress in
finding lasting solutions to sensitive issues in the country.
In the same vein, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar says the new traditional ruler of Tiv land, Professor James Ornguga Ayatse, is one of the most qualified traditional rulers of modern times, a unique quality, he says, will tremendously assist the new Tiv monarch in his duties.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, 21st December by his media office, the former Vice President explains that Professor Ayatse’s appointment as the paramount ruler of Tiv land is well deserved.
According to Atiku, who is also the Zege Mule Tiv, the Benue State government and the people of the state have made great decision by the choice of a distinguished academic, scholar and an outstanding administrator as the new Tor Tiv.
Having been a Vice Chancellor twice, Atiku notes that Professor Ayatse has more than enough experience and pedigree to steer the affairs of the Tiv people.
The former Vice President prays to God to grant the new Tor Tiv wisdom and guidance to lead his people to greater heights.