Froim Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
Paramount Ruler of the Tiv nation, His Royal Majesty Prof. James Ortese Iorzua Ayatse has described the death of former Chief of Army Staff Lt. General Victor Malu as having devastating implication not only to the immediate family Tiv nation, the Nigerian Army but the entire nation.
The Tor Tiv who stated this yesterday in a condolence message signed by his media assistant Freddie Adamgbe and made available to Peoples Daily, expressed shock over the untimely death of one of his illustrious and distinguished son, saying that he received the news of his passage with a heavy heart.
According to the Tor Tiv, ‘the loss of such a dear one will no doubt have devastating implication on the immediate family, the Tiv nation and the Nigerian Army forces where he served meritoriously rising to the position of Chief of Army Staff and subsequently, as Commander, Economic Community of West Africa Monitoring Group, ECOMOG to restore peace in the West African Sub Region’.
He said it is quite unfortunate that Gen. Malu had to return to his creator at a time his experience, exposure and network is much needed in advancing the cause of development of his fatherland.
His Majesty pointed out further that the only consolation at this period of grief is the fact that the late Gen. Malu lived a worthy life in the service of humanity and has left behind children to continue with his legacies.
The Tor Tiv on behalf of the entire Tiv Area Traditional Council, TATC and indeed Benue State Council of Chiefs commiserate with the family of Malu Adoor Atsenge of Tongov in Katsina Ala over the irreparable loss, adding that as they grieve over the painful passage, they should be assured of the fatherly and traditional support as always.