<<< By Jimin Geoffrey >>>
29th April, 2018
Governor Samuel Ortom and the paramount ruler of Tiv nation, Professor James Ayatse, yesterday stressed the need for people of the state to love and live in peace with one another.
Also, Senator representing Benue North West Senatorial district, Dr. George Akume and his Benue North East counterpart, Chief Barnabas Gemade among others stated that God was going to do a miracle to end the killings in Benue State.
Governor Ortom and the Tor Tiv, represented by Tor Kwande, Chief Ambrose Iyortyer, spoke alongside others in separate funeral orations in honour of late retired Brigedier General Gbehe Ikya at Tse-Ikya, Mbagbera in Vandeikya Local Government Area of Benue State.
The Governor stated that love, peace and unity should be the concern of all Benue people irrespective of political affiliation.
He acknowledged the support of Benue people and the National Assembly to his administration in the face of unwarranted killings by militia herdsmen, saying the adoption of ranching by Northern Governors and the National Economic Council was a plus for people of the state and Nigerians at large.
The Governor advised against reprisal attacks, stressing that seven days fasting and prayers had been declared by both Christians and Muslims in the state to foster more peaceful coexistence and urged the public to partake in the prayers.
While condoling the bereaved family, Governor Ortom described the deceased as a humble and peaceful personality who had planted the seed of love in the society and prayed God to grant him eternal rest.
The Tor Tiv while regretting that the late Ikya died when his counsel was needed in the liberation of Tiv nation, urged Tiv sons and daughters to resist politics of bitterness and acrimony for the development of Tiv nation.
In separate remarks, Vice Chairman Senate Committee on Defence, Senator Jeremiah Useni, President General Mdzough U Tiv, Engr. Edward Ujege and Member representing Jechira at the National Assembly, Mrs. Dorothy Mato, described the late general Ikya as a peace builder who contributed a lot to the development of the country and his community.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai who was represented by Major General A. A. Jidda, Commander Core of Supply and Transport, Nigerian Army while mourning the deceased said his demise was also a celebration of life well spent owing to his loving and fatherly support while he lived.