The Tor Tiv, Prof. James Ayatse, has cautioned youths against using social media platforms to insult elders for over political differences.
The Tor Tiv gave this warning at NKST Church, Low Level, during a special thanksgiving service in honour of Senator Barnabas Gemade who celebrated his 70th birthday.
He described as unfortunate and saddening the manner in which youths, especially those in Benue use social media platforms to insult elders without remorse.
“It has gotten so bad that even traditional rulers and kings are not left out in youth disrespect and mischief,” he said.
According to him, social media platforms are meant to accelerate development now that the world has been reduced to a global village.
The Tor Tiv who noted that such abuses and unguarded comments could bring about disunity and misunderstanding among people, said that all religions emphasized morality and abhorred indiscipline.
“Anyone who disrespects his elders will die, the Bible states it, the authorities warn and punish for such acts, there is no room and it is unacceptable to disrespect your elders and those in authority,” he said.
Speaking at the thanksgiving, Governor Samuel Ortom praised God for the life of Sen. Gemade saying his life had been a success. He wished him well and prayed God to keep him in good health.
The Next Edition reports that very important personalities including the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Senator Dino Melaye, Governor Ben Ayade of Cross Rivers and the host Governor Samuel Ortom were present at the occasion.
In their respective speeches, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Dino Malaye all prayed for longer life, good health and elevation for the celebrant.
They also prayed for peace in Benue and Nigeria at large.
Senator Gemade thanked God for his mercies upon his life and his family.
He also thanked God for the life of his guests for honouring him with their presence.