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Group condemns ‘sale’ of Tiv traditional tittles to Wike, Tambuwal

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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A group, Tiv Rebirth Network, has condemned the alleged arrangement by their paramount monarch, the Tor Tiv, James Ayatse, to sell traditional tittles to the “highest bidders”, including Governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers and Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State.

The socio-cultural group stated this in a press release issued at the end of a meeting in Gboko town, Benue State.

Dr. Dondo Edward Tizah, Chairman of the communique drafting committee and Mr. Ade Tombuwua, Secretary stated this in a press release signed and issued on behalf of 56 others.

The release read in parts that: “Plans have been completed to confere the tittle of Nyamkyume Tiv on Benue State Governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom alongside, Wike and Tambuwal”.

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In this vein, the group also accused the Tor Tiv of “embarking on a mission to honour members of the PDP (the party’s platform he contested senatorial seat in 2007) with Tiv traditional tittles.

The release also indicated that the group has appealed to the Tiv Traditional Council with a view to prevailing “on its Chairman, the Tor Tiv to follow the path of honour and unity by shunning skewed counsels that will further exacerbate divisions and tension in Tiv land”.

Besides, the Tiv Rebirth Network, noted that the ongoing militia killings in the area “should have have moved the Tor Tiv to engineer a process if seeking a genuine solution to the killings. But to our surprise His Royal Majesty has been very quiet about this while lives are lost on a daily basis”.

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In any case the group expressed the believe that “our paramount ruler knows the implications of the vicious division amongst the Tiv elite”, adding that the scenario will rob the state at large of “several benefits”.


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