Governor Abdullahi Sule, of Nasarawa state has expressed happiness over the unity among the Tiv ethnic group resident in the state and has accepted the traditional title they conferred on him.
He is now the Zhenguali ‘U’ Tiv of the state.
Governor Sule who expressed gladness with the coming together of the people as one family, charged them to live in unity and peacefully among them.
The governor stated this when he played host to thousands of the Tiv ethnic nationality in Nasarawa state during their solidarity visit to the governor in Lafia on Thursday.
It would be recalled that the Tiv people in over 4 local government areas of the southern senatorial zone in the state have been at logger head with each other spanning about 10 years.
The major area of contention among the Tiv people is who should be the political arrow head in the leadership of their socio- cultural association” Tiv Development Association” (TIDA).
But governor Sule during their visit assured them that the only way forward for them if government most heed at their yearnings and aspirations is when they forgive and forget about what had happened in the past.
“I can now proudly bear the tittle of Zhegumali U Tiv .
” In my life, I like to see unity, I like to see people living in happiness with each other, I like to see elders who are struggling to bring those who are following them to unite for progress, unity, development and for wealth.
” What I am seeing today is exactly the dream that I had and at this moment, I want to show my appreciation, especially, to those who have confronted the challenges of uniting our people of Tiv community, like Engineer Moses Ottondu and Barrister Akaka, our elder Senator Teligyedo and other stakeholders.
“Even if you don’t do anything for me ,please live together in peace with one another and try as much as possible to forgive one another for what might have happened in the past.
” Until you forgive one another, you cannot go forward, for me as far as I am concerned, I have forgiven and forgotten who voted for who during my election, as you are all here, I am also there for you and I want you to as much as possible, feel the same way among yourselves,” Governor Sule pleaded.
Earlier , Spokesman of Tiv community in the state, Prof Emmanuel Kucha, commended Governor Sule, for restoring and sustaining peace in Nasarawa State which was a mirage in the past five years.
“Today, as a result of this relative peace, our people have resumed massive farming and can now sleep with their eyes closed without fear of attack and molestation,” Kucha maintained.
Professor Kucha further intimated the governor that almost all the primary schools and health care facilities in some of the Tiv communities are in dilapidated stage following the herders ,farmers crisis that engulfed the areas.