President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday congratulated Professor James Ortese Ayatse, on his election as new Tor Tiv, the paramount ruler of the Tiv people.
Professor Ayatse, a former Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, is also the pioneer and immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina State.
According to a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, President Buhari believes that Professor Ayatse’s emergence as the paramount ruler of the Tiv people is an affirmation of his strength of character, integrity, and moral authority, garnered over the years as a lecturer, erudite scholar and administrator.
While urging all his subjects to rally round the new monarch to make his reign as Tor Tiv V, a resounding success, the President Buhari urged the paramount ruler to use his revered office as a veritable platform for conflict prevention, peace building and development in the grassroots.
Commending the transparent process leading to the emergence of the royal father after the demise of his predecessor, HRH, Alfred Akawe Torkula, Tor Tiv IV, last year, the President offered his best wishes
to the new monarch as he prepared to ascend the throne of his ancestors.
President Buhari pledged that his administration would continue to recognise traditional institutions as key partners in progress in finding lasting solutions to sensitive issues in the country.