<<< By Tahav Agerzua >>>
A story similar to the one found in the Bible seems to be playing out in Benue State. That story can be found in the book of 2 Samuel chapters 15, 16, and 17. It is the story of three men; David and his son Absalom as well as Ahithophel, the Gilonite, an adviser to both men.
“Now the advice of Ahithophel, which he gave in those days, was as if one had inquired at the oracle of God. So was all the advice of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.” 2 Samuel 16: 23.
It came to pass in those days that this same Adviser who served in King David’s government in the land of Israel joined a conspiracy hatched by one of the king’s sons, Absalom, to overthrow his father.
King David knew the potency and efficacy of Ahithophel’s advice hence his resort to prayer.
“Then someone told David, saying “Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.” And David said “O LORD I pray, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness.”
Now it has happened that a man has arisen in the land of Benue called Maurice the son of Tsav, also called witchcraft, in the tongue of the English. That man is a native of the hill country of Ushongo.
In the days of the first and second coming of former Governor George Akume as Senator representing the Benue North West senatorial district as well as opposition leader in the state, this same son of witchcraft was his right hand man and a trusted adviser whose counsel never failed.
It is this same Maurice Tsav, publisher of The Alternative newspaper who boasted in his column known and called Hard Facts in the paper’s Vol. 14 No 03 of March 21, 2015 that the advice he gave one Andy Ayabam on political issues also came to pass.
Having joined the conspiracy of the ruling party against the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Dr George Akume, for fear of reprisals from his landlord who might eject him from his current residence in North Bank should he behave otherwise the son of Tsav has proceeded to lampoon the former Governor in the name of advice to Chief Dr Samuel Ortom.
The pieces of silver that can be obtained from the Chief Priests of that party also attracted this son of witchcraft.
Acting on the pecuniary the same publisher from the hill country proceeded to advice an experienced politician who can read in between the lines and based on complete ignorance of the constitution of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and it’s guidelines with respect to nomination of candidates in the same edition of the newspaper.
We thank you, Mr Tsav, for the unsolicited advice you gave as an interested party and new recruit of the government of the day but politely decline to take it as having been based on ignorance and selfish interest.
“Now when Ahithophel saw that his advice was not followed, he saddled a donkey, and arose and went home to his house, to his city.” 2 Samuel 17: 23.