The Tiv paramount ruler, Prof. James Ayatse, on Monday advised his subjects against high bride price, saying that the practice was hindering young people from getting married.
Ayatse gave the advice in a statement issued by his Media Assistant, Mr. Freddie Adamgbe, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Makurdi.
According to the statement, the monarch spoke at a reception organised in his honour by his kinsmen, the Shangev-Ya Development Association in Kwande Local Government Area.
Ayatse said that the Tiv Area Traditional Council would soon partner the church and relevant stakeholders to cut down the exorbitant bride price.
He also said the council would make a law to prevent people from lavishing money for burial ceremonies.
He further said that only cultural values of economic and social benefit to the people would be promoted, while those with ‘retrogressive tendencies’ would be discouraged.
He challenged preachers of the Gospel to intensify the spread of the word of God in Tiv nation.
Meanwhile, the National President, SHADA, Comrade Terkimbi Ulaka, has described the emergence of Ayatse as the fifth Tor Tiv as ‘divine.’
Ulaka said his antecedents are proof that he would take the Tiv nation to the desired level.