The Tiv Youth Organisation, TYO, an umbrella body of Tiv youths worldwide, on Saturday raised alarm over the activities of a group called ‘Tiv Unity Forum’ led by one Mr Solomon Semaka.
In a statement issued on Saturday in Makurdi by its President-General, Timothy Hembaor, TYO alleged that the ‘Tiv Unity Forum’ recently organised a press conference where it spoke against Governor Ortom’s position on Fulani herdsmen in the state.
The statement also stated that the group conferred awards on notable Fulani leaders who “over time have publicly taken responsibility for the killing of countless people in Tiv land as well as the destruction of property”.
TYO slammed the group for honouring alleged killers of the Tiv people with awards, referring to them as impostors.
The statement reads “The activities of this group, very, unfortunately, have so far included addressing a press conference at which they labelled the Governor of Benue State, His Excellency, Samuel Ortom and his crusade against the conquest agenda of jihadist Fulani forces as deceitful.
“TYO, as the umbrella organisation of Tiv youths worldwide, is aware that the group carrying out these nefarious activities is made up of individuals who may do ANYTHING for pecuniary gain, and in this instance too, are being paid by Fulani jihadist agents to mount the campaign
“Aolomon Semaka and his cohorts are, by their actions, impostors since they have no mandate whatsoever to speak or act on behalf of any Tiv man, woman or child anywhere on earth, save for themselves or their children, if any, who are minors.
“It is further the understanding, regretfully of TYO that the same band of mercenaries dragging the good name of Tiv to disrepute by their unconscionable actions, have held the Tiv nation in abject contempt and desecrated the graves of countless men, women and children butchered in cold blood by the same agents of Jihadist Fulani conquest and land-grab agenda who were so honoured with awards.
“TYO, therefore, hereby declares Solomon Semaka and his partners-in-crimes against Tiv nation as ‘persona non grata’ in any part of Tivland.
“It is by this declaration a sacred duty of every Tiv youth to ensure that wherever in Tiv land those skunks and enemies of Tiv nation are found they will be treated as traitors and pariahs that they are and no reasonable Tiv man or woman should have anything to do with the traitors.
“Lastly, we wish to remind anyone who may tow the line of Semaka and co in future about the weighty words of the Paramount Ruler of the Tiv nation, His Royal Majesty, the Tor Tiv, Prof James Ayatse when he declared that any son or daughter of Tiv land who connives with our enemies to kill our people, the soil of the Tiv nation will swallow such a person”.