Former Police Commissioner Abubakar Tsav has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Senator George Akume as a minister.
He described the former governor as “a good choice”.
Speaking yesterday with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, Tsav said: “Akume is a very good man. He is a very humble and true Benue leader. He is a true leader and I think he will not disappoint in his new responsibility.
“He is the only politician in Benue who feeds his supporters anytime they come to his house not minding their status.”
The former police chief, who attributed Akume’s defeat in the senatorial contest to “a conspiracy to throw him out of power”, said the appointment had brought him back into reckoning.
He added: “I am very happy about the appointment of Akume as a minister because, at a stage, Benue seemed to have lost proper leadership, especially when he lost his senatorial election.”
The former Federal Public Complaints Commissioner advised Akume to be “mindful of certain people around him” as he braces up for the challenge.
Also, the Convener of Benue Alliance for Good Governance (BAGG) Dr Aondoakaa Asambe said Akume would bring positive strides to bear on the life of every Benue resident and other Nigerians.
The activist described the former governor as “a bridge builder” with leadership skills that could unite people across all ethnic divides and nationalities.
He said: “The President could not have made a better choice from Benue State. We commend the President for the choice of Senator Akume and implore the senator to work towards unifying the Tiv and the Fulani.
“We also urge the senator to create opportunities for dialogue towards ending lingering crises between the herdsmen and our local farmers since confrontation is not the best option for ending crises like these.”
“We call on the President to work with Senator Akume to bring about peace in Tiv communities of Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa states.”
Asambe hailed President Buhari for his massive infrastructural development witnessed in the last four years, especially the ongoing dualisation of Keffi/Akwanga/Lafia/Makurdi road.