Ortom eulogises Ter Guma, says he was father to all

Nigerian Concord Newspaper

The remains of the Ter Guma, Chief Ivokor Unongo were yesterdayday laid to rest in Gbajimba, Guma local government area of Benue State.

Chief Unongu served as the Ter Guma from 1st November, 1991 to 22nd March, 2020 during which he acted as the Tor Tiv in 2016 after the demise of Tor Tiv IV, Dr. Alfred Akawe Torkula until the installation of Professor James Ayatse as substantive paramount ruler.

In a funeral oration, Governor Samuel Ortom said the Ter Guma was a true father to him and many others, saying that he was however consoled by the fact that the late Chief Ivokor Unongo lived a lasting legacy for his people.

Governor Ortom said it was a difficult moment for him having to bury three royal fathers in quick succession and prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest and the bereaved families the strength to bear the losses.

He used the occasion to remind the people about COVID-19 which he said is real and stressed the need for people of the state to adhere to safety protocols to prevent the spread of the disease.

Tor Tiv, Professor James Ayatse, represented by Tor Jemgbagh, Chief Afatyo Ajoko, said the late Chief Unongo was the oldest traditional ruler in Tiv land who made useful contributions to traditional council meetings, pointing out that his absence would greatly be missed.

Speaking on behalf of Benue South Senatorial District, Senator Abba Moro, described the deceased as a rare gem in Tiv land and a friend of the Idoma people whose death has caused a vacuum difficult to fill. Senator Moro offered to sponsor an undergraduate in the family to complete university programme.

House of Representatives member for Makurdi – Guma, Hon. Benjamin Mzondu, who spoke for Zone B, decried the deaths of traditional rulers in his constituency and prayed God to intervene.

On his part, Speaker, Benue State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Titus Uba who spoke on behalf of Benue North East, prayed God to sustain traditional rulers in the state, saying the longer they live, the better ideas they have to rule over their people.