National President, Association of Christian Traditional Rulers, of Nigeria, AOCTRON, and Chairman Board of Trustees of the Association, HRM Prof James Iorzua Ayatse has assured Nigerians of peace, unity and progress in the country.
The Tiv Paramount ruler gave this assurance on Tuesday, 13th October, 2020 during a reception and thanksgiving organized in his honour by the state Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in collaboration with the Benue government at IBB Square, Makurdi.
He said that AOCTRON was neither a political party nor a pressure group and was not established to replace or compete with CAN, PFN and other Christian bodies, but to complement their efforts. He called for the cooperation of all traditional rulers in Nigeria as well as other relevant bodies to ensure his success, noting that he could not do it alone.
Tor Tiv said his choice as AOCTRON national President was divine as he did not contest or lobby for the position.
Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom prayed God to enable the Begha U Tiv discharge his duties successfully.
The Governor who noted that the stool of the Tor Tiv alone was very taxing expressed confidence in his ability to excel since he has never failed in any of the positions he has occupied in life.
“You have distinguished yourself in all the positions you have occupied in this life. God will give you the knowledge to carry out your responsibilities”, Ortom said.
He used the occasion to call on Nigerians to revive the Green Revolution in the country introduced by former president Obasanjo in the past, which he believed would eradicate hunger, poverty and as well forestall the recession that was likely to occur in Nigeria.
He said that agriculture has a long value chain ranging from processing to marketing and was of the opinion that engaging in any of these commercial agricultural activities would add value to the economy through wealth creation and provision of jobs.
While encouraging people to access loans through Bank of Industry and Bank of Agriculture among others to do business, the Governor assured of government support through massive land clearing to enhance cultivation of various farm crops