By Daniel Agbo
As political activities begin to build up ahead of the 2019 general election, Tor Tiv, Prof. James Ayatse yesterday directed all traditional rulers in Tiv land not to appear at rallies or receptions that have political undertone.
The directive, which was contained in a press statement signed by his media assistant, Mr. Freddie Adamgbe, urged the traditional rulers to only receive and bless political aspirants or candidates only when they visit them in their palace.
According to the Tor Tiv, the directive in was line with the provisions of Section 25(1a-r) of the Benue State Council of Chiefs and Traditional Councils Law 2016, which warned traditional rulers in the state against involving in partisan politics.
He urged the traditional rulers to abide by the code of conduct of their offices and not discriminate against any candidate or political party but rather play their roles as fathers, by according equal access to all political parties and their candidates in order to earn the respect of all.
“All traditional rulers must abide by the code of conduct of their offices and not discriminate against any candidate or political party but rather play their roles as fathers by according equal access to all political parties and their candidates to earn the respect of all.
The Tiv paramount ruler also frowned at the indiscriminate cultivation and use of Indian hemp and other harmful substances by the youths and called on the relevant law enforcement agencies to be more proactive in checkmating the harmful habits, saying it was inimical to development as it posed danger to their health and the society at large.