By Titus Atondu, Makurdi
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has revealed that the appointment of the Tiv Paramount ruler Tor Tiv the 5th Prof. James Ortese Ayatse as the National President and Chairman Board of Trustees, Association of Christian Traditional Rulers ( AOCTRON), is not a thing of surprise.
Ortom made the disclosure on Tuesday at the New Banquet Hall of the Government House Makurdi during a courtesy call on him by the Tor Tiv accompanied by first class chiefs cut across Tiv extraction and the State Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN).
He explained that the Tor Tiv had prepared himself academically and spiritually for the enormous task and added that it was not a coincidence for the monarch to be given the responsibility.
Ortom congratulated the Tor Tiv and prayed that the God who anointed him for the task would grant him divine direction to provide the desired leadership to the association.
He thanked the traditional rulers for making the state proud.
He pledged the support of Benue State Government to the Tor Tiv to enable him succeed and noted that as a Governor, he had enjoyed tremendous support from the paramount ruler.
Earlier, the Tor Tiv, Professor James Ayatse who is also the Chairman, Benue State Council of Traditional Rulers said his visit was to intimate the Governor about his new assignment which he noted was bestowed on him by God.
He stated that he accepted the mantle of leadership from the association due to the confidence he has in the Christian community in the state, saying he was encouraged by the Governor’s reassuring words.
The monarch while pledging to liaise with relevant institutions to surmount the challenges confronting the country, said the load was heavy but God would give him the strength to carry it.