Akase witnesses as Reverend James Atsor is laid to rest
Mr. Terver Akase, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Benue State, witnessed the burial of Reverend Dr. James Atsor, a former member of the State Assembly representing the defunct Gaav Constituency, at his country home in Mbatan-Mbagber, Konshisha Local Government Area, on Wednesday.
Mr. Akase said at the funeral that Dr. Atsor immortalized himself via the high quality of life he led, as his former colleagues testified at the valedictory session in the Benue State House of Assembly.
He stated that the deceased former legislator will be missed not just by his immediate family and political acquaintances, but also by all lovers of justice and truth.
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State lamented Dr. Atsor’s death as a loss not only to the Konshisha and Gaav communities but to the entire State, in an oration, adding that the death was a forthright politician and community builder.
Mrs. Mwuese Ubebe, the Governor’s Principal Special Assistant on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, consoled the family and urged them to take comfort in the fact that the dead lived well and had a beneficial impact on society as a Christian leader and politician.
Rt Hon Titus Uba, Speaker of the State Assembly, was represented by Hon Cephas Dyako, Minority Whip and Member of the Konshisha Constituency, who expressed regret for the passing of a former colleague whose richness of expertise would have continued to serve them.
In separate speeches, the Ter Ikyor, His Royal Highness, Chief Jam Gbinde, and the Tyoor Mbavaa, Chief Godfrey Chafa, stated the Gaav and Mbavaa communities had lost a dependable illustrious son who contributed enormously to community development.
Professor Zacharys Gundu, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mkar, prayed for God to comfort the family, particularly the deceased’s son, Reverend Emmanuel Teryila Atsor, who is the Registrar of the University, in another oration.
Although the loss of Reverend Atsor was terrible for the Church, Reverend Dominic Andza, President of NKST, declared that they could not doubt God’s plan.
Mr Akase, the Governor’s former Chief Press Secretary, later spoke with party stakeholders and supporters who flocked to the funeral to mourn alongside the family of the deceased, who was an active PDP stalwart until his death.