The Tiv Paramount Ruler, Prof James Ayatse, has expressed displeasure over the continued marginalisation of the Tiv who he described as the fourth largest ethnic group in the country.
He particularly decried the non-representation of the Tiv in President Muhammadu Buhari’s Federal Executive Council (FEC).
Ayatse stated this at the weekend in Gboko Local Government Area, Benue during his coronation.
‘’As you take stock and make your next series of appointments, kindly be reminded that the Tiv Nation is not represented in FEC and have not benefitted from any appointment at the federal level. No Tiv man has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of any federal parastatal in the current dispensation. We believe God will help you to correct this marginalisation,’’ he said
He further said that the Tiv nation was central to the FG’s vision of economic diversification which is tied to agriculture.
He reminded the federal government that the Tiv nation had the potential as an agrarian economy, being the Food Basket of the Nation and humbly requested the governmnt to take advantage of available opportunities by involving the Tiv people in her massive Empowerment Scheme at the level of facilitating the provision of agricultural inputs and technologies that will enhance food production as well as add value to agriculture..
He further appealed for the rehabilitation of federal roads in the state in general and the dualisation of Makurdi- Gboko- Katsina-Ala- Zaki Biam road to ease the movement of the agricultural produce to areas where they might be needed.
The monarch lamented that he ascended the throne at a very turbulent time in the history of the Tiv nation saying, “We are all living witnesses to the historical injustices that still subsist against Tiv interest in the national constellation in the contemporary Nigeria.