The Tiv/Benue Community in Osun State has elected Evangelists Augustine Apezan Tsor, as its new traditional ruler (Tyoor-U-Tiv) in the state.
Giving the hint in Osogbo, the state capital recently, the Chairman, Forum of Tiv Elders in the South-West, Mr. Tor Gowon Yaro said, members of the community had further organised themselves as progressives to be able to contribute to the development of Osun State.
Tsor, a 46-year old farmer and a full-time Christian Evangelist with the Anglican Church in the state, has been a resident in Osun for over 20 years.
In a notification letter to the governor of the state, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola and the State House of Assembly, on the activities of the community, dated June 6, 2011, signed by its elders. The community demanded official record and recognition from the government, so that they would be involved in the development of the state.
The letter stated that members of the community are largely farmers and 75 per cent of labour force in rural areas, adding that the communities are ready to assist the government at ensuring that its quest for massive food production is achieved.
Commending the current administration of Aregbesola for the peace and stability brought to the state, the community pledged its support, loyalty and cooperation to sustain the tempo.
Meanwhile, in an acknowledgement letter signed by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Honourable Najeem Salaam, he assured members of the community and other non-indigenes in the state not to entertain any fear over their lives and properties, as everybody living in the state is regarded as one family.
The lawmaker commended the community for maintaining peace and order in the state, just as he called for the support of all non-indigenous communities to continue giving their support to the present administration of Aregbesola.