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Idoma Traditional Title: Gov. Alia’s Delisting Of Benue Former Finance Commissioner, Olofu Undemocratic – Group Condemned

Group under the aegis of Benue Youths Frontier For Democracy And Good Governance has condemned in strong term the negative attitude of Gov. Alia for Delisting a Former Finance Commissioner-Olofu from the Idoma Traditional Chiefdom Title Award, describing it as Undemocratic & Illegal.

In a statement which was signed by Rt. Comrade Daniel Edoache Atayi, Coordinator, BYFDGG,Comrade Kpamber Martins, Publicity Director, BYFDGG,Comrade Aer Gabriel, Coordinator, Zone A, BYFDGG,Comrade Akombo Samson, Coordinator, Zone BYFDGG.

and made available to pressmen, read: “We the Benue Youth Frontiers for Democracy & good governance has viewed the directive by Gov. Hyacinth Alia to the Och’Idoma De V, HRM John Odugbo Obagaji, delisting the Former Fiance Commissioner, Hon. David Olofu, Ph.D FNIM, FCE, FIMC, FCNA from among the 17 names listed by the Idoma Aerial Traditional Council for a Chieftaincy Title Award, as Undemocratic, unconstitutional, an Abuse of Executive Power, Illegal and insult to the Idoma Traditional Chiefdom!

“We therefore call on the Governor to withdraw or rescind his directive and toe the line of democratic etiquettes, the rule of law and the respect for human rights!

“We acknowledged that Dr. David Olofu is a worthy Son of the Idoma Kingdom, and by extension, a bonafide indigenous of Benue state who has served Benue State meritoriously in different capacities, the latest being the immediate Commissioner of Finance.

“We believe that it is on his expediency in Philanthropic, governmental & humanitarian Services to the state, that the Idoma Traditional Chiefdom deemed him fit for a traditional Chiefdom Title! We also acknowledged his track records and exemplifications in all assignments so far, hence, testify that he merits even more than a Chieftaincy Title in this State!

“We want to affirm that no institution, authority or power has the right in a democratic dispensation to disparage another human or a Kingdom in the manner that Gov. Alia has just done to the distinguished Hon. Commissioner and the Idoma Aerial Traditional Kingdom,” the group lamented.

Stressing that Olofu meritorious services, has never been indicted or found culpable by any court of competent jurisdiction to warrant such denigration.

Therefore, urged Gov. Alia to be humane, democratic, and be circumspect with Power so as to govern within the rule of law and the mantra of a Man of God by which he was vested with the soul of Benue State. He should shun political vendetta and assumptions, Moreso, to disregard ill-advises and Advisers who are already putting his name in a bad political limelight in the nation.l

Also, advised the Governor to accord some level of respect to the culture and tradition of the Idoma people, even if the traditional Chiefdom is a making of democratic bureaucracy and appendage, for a King over a people is Paramount and apolitical for which his directive to their Paramount Traditional Ruler to delist one of the Sons of the zone from receiving a traditional honour, is viewed by majority of the people of the Idoma ethnic group, as sacrilege to their traditional Kingdom, hence, raising animosities.

However, believe that the Governor acted on impulse and as the Leader of the people, shall rescind and toe the path of democratic righteousness and not ecumenical judgement.

Unequivocally, convinced to state that Hon. David Olofu has no bad record to warrant such stigmatization, perceptions and assumptions, denigration and stereotype metted to him by the governor.

Therefore, gives Olofu a vote of confidence in the state in recognition of fundamental human rights and the selfless services he has achieved for the people of the state.

Equally thanked the public and wish Benue people God’s blessings in all ramifications.



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