There was a mild drama on Saturday at the coronation of Tor Tiv V, Prof. James Ayatse, when a 24-year-old man, Stephen Aondona Nyitse, ascended the royal platform and sat on the chair meant for the paramount ruler.
The incident happened at 9.10 am on the premises of JS Tarka Stadium in Gboko, the traditional seat of Tiv nation, where the coronation took place, few minutes before the ceremony started.
Nyitse evaded the security men stationed at the platform to sit on the royal chair before someone from the crowd called the attention of the guards to him.
Our correspondent observed that irate youths had begun charging towards the man in an attempt to beat him up before he was saved by the intervention of security men who whisked him away.
Asked to explain the reason for his action, Nyitse, who hails from Ushongo Local Government Area of the state, said, “The Spirit of God sent me to go and sit on the throne.”
He added, “If I am beaten up here, they will regret their action.”
Following the incident, the state Chairman of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Bishop Mike Angou, moved to the platform to anoint the seat.
Angou said, “A young man just went and sat on the chair provided for Tor Tiv, so I have to go and re-anoint the seat because at the time the chair was brought here, we had anointed it based on the directive of Tor Tiv.”
Meanwhile, Ayatse has called on the Federal Government to involve the Tiv people in its empowerment programme that will facilitate the provision of agricultural inputs and food production.
The paramount ruler, who took his oath with the Holy Bible, bemoaned the absence of Tiv indigenes in top positions of government and appealed for the appointment of Tiv sons and daughters.
According to him, his assumption of office comes at the time when several daunting challenges have eaten deep into the Tiv nation.
Ayatse said, “I am ascending the throne at a very difficult time in the history of the Tiv nation where there are many challenges such as; insecurity and safety, erosion of cultural values and tradition, leadership crises, marginalisation, unwholesome political practices, etc.”