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Tiv youths accuse Buhari of marginalization at Federal Level

by on August 4, 2016

President Muhamadu Buhari has once again been accused of sys­tematic marginalization against the Tiv people most especially as it has to do with appointments at the federal level.

Addressing a press confer­ence in Makurdi, the Benue State capital yesterday, the National President of Tiv Youth, the umbrella body of all Tiv youth groups, Com­rade Msugh Pillar, expressed displeasure over what he termed the non-inclusion of the Tivs in the Buhari ad­ministration even as they largely contributed towards ensuring his victory at the polls last year.

Comrade Pillar informed newsmen that for a tribe that ranks itself as the fourth largest in the country going by the last census figures, its continued denial of appoint­ment was in disobedience to the federal character policy stressing that the confidence the Tiv people reposed in the administration was eroding fast.

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He pointed out particularly the last Monday’s appoint­ments into Heads of Agen­cies in the Federal Ministry of Education was disappointing that no Tiv man was found worthy of any appointment.
“We looked at the list and what we saw from Benue was the name of Professor Stephen Onah, who though is from Benue State but hails from Benue South Senatorial Zone.

“This is the same zone that produced the incum­bent Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe, this same zone has the Special Assis­tant to the President on Peo­ple Living With Disabilities leaving the two Tiv speaking zones with nothing and so, we are here first to condemn in totality this systematic marginalization and to also call on the President to do something urgently towards addressing same so we can also be availed the privilege of reaping the fruits of our labour “

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The national president said the group had some­time early this year staged a peaceful protest to The Benue Peoples House where it expressed its grievance in that regard to the Benue State governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom and also handed him a let­ter for onward presentation to President Buhari. It noted however, that their concerns seemed to have landed on deaf ears giving the recent federal appointments by the President.

It called on the President Buhari to seriously look into the issues raised with a view to correcting same, stating further that should the im­balance be allowed to persist, Tiv youths all over the world would be left with no option but to shun the All Progres­sives Congress (APC) during all subsequent elections in the country.

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“This is the first time in history of this country that a Federal cabinet was formed and a Tiv man was not in­cluded. During the Second Republic, President Shehu Shagari in appreciating our support gave us three minis­terial slots so what has gone wrong that the Tivs which is the only tribe in Benue State that voted Buhari and the APC so why are we not been compensated for our sup­port,” Pillar querried.

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  • August 4, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    I was not decieved in voting for Buhari but for those of u that were decieved, you should beter keep quiet and serve your punishment.This is also d first time in history where Tiv peopl(leaders) made an uninmaginable political mistak in voting 4 Buhari against a performing president Jonathan.How 2 recover frm this political damage is what i don’t know.But everybody is regreting including Fr Mbaka.May God shorten d days of this regime IJN


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