Traditional Council set to pass law banning expensive burial ceremony

1987, Tiv Area Traditional Council

The Tiv Area Traditional Council in Benue State said plan is underway to pass a law that will criminalise holding lavish burial ceremony among the Tiv ethnic group.

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Tiv Paramount ruler, Prof. James Ayatse, on Monday, made this known in a statement issued by his Media Assistant, Mr. Freddie Adamgbe.

The plan according to the statement was revealed by the traditional ruler at a reception organised in his honour by his kinsmen, the Shangev-Ya Development Association in Kwande Local Government Area.

During the reception, Ayatse also reportedly advised his subjects against high bride price, saying that the practice was hindering young people from getting married.

According to the statement, the monarch stated that the Tiv Area Traditional Council would soon partner the church and relevant stakeholders to cut down the exorbitant bride price in the land.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ayatse revealed that the Council was making plan to make a law to prevent people from lavishing money for burial ceremonies.

The monarch explained 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.


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