A former Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has urged the newly installed Tor Tiv His Royal Majesty, Prof. James Ayatse to mend fences within his domain, in order to have peaceful reign.
Abubakar, a chieftain of the All People Congress (APC), who was one of the guests at his coronation on March 4 urged him to strive not to betray of the trust of his people.
“Your leadership must be felt from Day 1. All of us stakeholders in the Tiv kingdom are putting our trust in you to lead your people to progress in every facet of human development.
“Let your people know and see that they can look up to you for a breath of fresh air and for ideas. Let your leadership shine a light at the end of the dark tunnel.’’
Atiku, a title holder in Tiveland — `the Zege Mule U Tiv; adds: “your Royal Majesty, you are stepping into this great role at a very trying time in the affairs of our great country.
“The Tiv like so many other groups in Nigeria are most likely facing monumental challenges and finding life tougher than we all have in a long time’’.
He enjoined him to bear in mind that the processes leading to emergence as leader might have left a number of people with bruised egos and bruised relationships.
“There may be those with whom you have never seen eye to eye on issues. But, today, please, bear in mind that your coronation as the Tor Tiv makes you the traditional leader of the entire Tiv kingdom, of everyone including of friend and foe. Let peace be your most potent weapon.
“I urge you to immediately set about mending fences and building bridges. Without peace, progress and development become even more difficult if not almost impossible.
“As someone from the northeast of Nigeria, a region that is still recovering from the devastating effects of the Boko Haram insurgency, I am speaking from sad and bitter experience.’’
Atiku, who was a former Vice-President that he did not think it was by chance that a man of your advanced educational qualifications was chosen by God at this time in the history of the Tiv kingdom.
“Your Royal Majesty, you are an academic: a professor and a former Vice-Chancellor of a university.
“My passion for education is behind many of my investments in Nigeria. Without education, I would not have become who I am today and I suspect that the same is true for you.
“I call on you to pass on that same passion for education to every citizen of your Tiv kingdom.
“Let every parent and child understand its vital importance. Let every Tiv child be given the same opportunities that you and I had to expand our minds through formal education.
“Let them aspire to be literate, and to improve their world through knowledge of both the arts and science and technology,’’ Abubakar said. ##