By Hope Abah
Paramount ruler of the Tiv nation, Dr. Alfred Torkula Akawe has urged politicians of Benue state extraction to play politics with the fear God by shunning all negative tendencies of electioneering in the forthcoming general election.
The royal father made the remark in his speech delivered at the public presentation of the book, “Suswam: Politics and Governance in Benue: an insider’s account” written by the Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Dr. Cletus Akwaya.
He said that the literary work could not have come at a better time than now when many people are aspiring to take over from Governor Gabriel Suswam, urging those who wish to rule to prepare their minds to borrow a leaf from his exemplary leadership qualities to move the state and Nigeria forward.
“My appeal to our aspirants is that, they should play politics with the fear of God and shun all negative ways of electioneering that are common with some politicians, who go about campaigning through dissemination of derogatory rumors, designed to discredit their opponents and insulting other people including their elders, rather than unfolding their manifesto to the electorate,” he said.
The Tor-Tiv further added that the state cannot afford to go through another era of partisan political crisis as it use to be in the past, saying that, “our politicians should emulate the nonviolent leadership posture of Suswam who despite holding the position of a governor is not power drunk but still remains very humble.