Suswam did his best to improve Benue, Says Tor Tiv


The Tor Tiv-designate, Prof. James Ortese Ayatse, on Saturday said that a former governor of Benue state, Dr. Gabriel Suswam, did his best for the state when he held sway as governor.

The monarch made this known when the former governor led a powerful delegation of Benue political leaders to his palace on a courtesy visit.

It would be recalled that Suswam who governed the state between 2007 and 2015 came to power at the time Senator George Akume left as governor without anything to show as his achievements.

Speaking during the visit, the Tor Tiv-designate, Prof. James Ayatse, expressed delight at the visit by the former governor, whom he described as an illustrious son of Tiv nation.

The Tor Tiv also described Dr. Suswam as a leader who indeed contributed significantly to the development of the state when he was governor.

He pressed further that Suswam’s track records cannot be erased in Benue by anybody either now or in the future.

Prof. Ayatse however stressed the need for the rebuilding of bridges of reconciliation, peace and unity amongst his subjects, pledging that on his part he would remain non-political and non-partisan in the discharge of his duties.

The monarch also called for genuine efforts from all Tiv sons and daughters towards the progress of the Tiv nation, even as he observed that politics ought to be a vehicle for advancing the collective interests of the nation and not a tool of division.

He equally cautioned against continued in-fighting and bad blood amongst his subjects, lamenting that such have led to much backwardness of the Tiv nation in the Nigerian scheme of things, as they have always worked hard politically but have always been by-passed in the allocation of Federal benefits and patronage.

Earlier in his speech, Dr. Suswam assured the Tor Tiv-designate of his total loyalty and cooperation as his subject, pointing to his long standing relationship with the monarch whom he described as an accomplished academic with an international reputation.

The former governor particularly expressed optimism that the monarch’s last duty post as Vice-chancellor of the Federal University, Katsina State had armed him with valuable experience and broad-based exposure.

He implored the Tor Tiv-designate to explore his exposure and experience with the Fulani to seek lasting solutions to what he described as the intractable problem between them and farmers in the state.

Speaking on behalf of elders at the visit, Dr. Laha Dzever, expressed belief that the emergence of Prof. Ayatse as Tor Tiv-designate is the will of God, and prayed for wisdom, protection and long life for him from above, in the best interest of the Tiv nation.