The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has commended people of Benue state especially the Tiv community for voting for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in year’s last general election.

A statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, said Dogara spoke when he received in audience the Mutual Union of Tiv people led by  Engineer Edward Ujege in his office on Monday, Dogara said posterity will be kind to the Tiv people for being at the centre of change in Nigeria’s political history.

Benue people according to the Speaker, are special people becausr they have been at the centre of change in Nigeria saying “history will be kind to you.”

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The speaker further said: “When we needed change in this country, you stood firmly for change.”

He said that even though there were alot of commentators who thought APC  victory wont be possible in Benue state, ” but our party recorded victory because you stood firmly.”

The Speaker also condoled with the people and government of Benue state over the demise of Tor Tiv who died in November last year.

Speaking earlier, Engineer Ujege lamented that despite being the fourth largest ethnic group in Nigeria, the Tiv people have been facing marginalisation in the polity.

“Unfortunately, decisions are being taken on the economy, security and unity of this country without representation from the Tiv people,” Ujege said.

For his part, Chairman of the Planning Committee  for the burial of late Tor Tiv  Alfred Akawe Torkula who died late last year, Brigedier General Atom Kpera (rtd), said they were in Abuja to formally invite the Speaker to the funeral of their late monarch slated for 4th February, 2016.

Dogara promised to attend the funeral of the late monarch.

Turaki Hassan
Special Adviser (Media and Public Affairs)
January 25, 2016

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