Simon Bako Lalong, the Governor of Plateau State who can also be the Director-Basic of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Marketing campaign for the 2023 normal elections, has tendered an unreserved apology to Catholic Bishops.
He apologized over his ‘blasphemous’ remarks concerning the Holy Father, Pope Francis.
He tendered an unreserved apology to the Catholic Bishops Convention of Nigeria (CBCN).
He begged for forgiveness and understanding from the Catholic Church by way of the Bishops’ convention, admitting that it was an error on his half to have linked the Catholic Pontiff with Nigeria’s politics.
Earlier, some members of the Catholic Church had frowned at his selection of phrases, whilst a Papal Knight of St. Gregory and demanded his quick suspension from the Church.
In a letter to the Catholic Bishops Convention of Nigeria (CBCN) President titled, “Letter of Apology”, dated twelfth August, 2022, Governor Lalong assured of his steady dedication to the Catholic religion and promised to proceed upholding the banner of the Christian religion in public life.
In keeping with Governor Lalong, “I have followed with some shock and deep regret the reactions that have trailed my appointment as the Director-General of the Campaign Council for the Presidential Candidates of our Party, the All Progressive Congress, APC, Ahmed Bola Tinubu and Ibrahim Shettima.”
He additional acknowledged that the appointment, understandably was acquired with blended reactions throughout the Christian neighborhood, who genuinely really feel aggrieved by the choice of the occasion to accept a Muslim-Muslim ticket.
He added that whereas many individuals recommended him for the appointment and noticed it as a manner of remaining throughout the system to struggle for their very own pursuits, others solid aspersions on it on the grounds that their religion had been insulted and denigrated.
Governor Lalong noticed that in all of this, lots of his opponents turned the problem right into a political weapon, with some spreading rumours and questioning the integrity of his credentials as a Catholic and a Papal Knight.
“In trying to make my case”, he defined that he has granted interviews to justify why he believed that the appointment didn’t in any manner undermine his dedication to the Catholic Church, saying that through the week, in the midst of defending himself, he had trigger to make reference to his credentials as a Catholic and a Papal Knight.
In keeping with him, he now realised that it was an error on his half and has induced some degree of concern and even embarrassment to many, particularly the family members of Papal Knights to which he belongs, stressing that he now understood that he might need overreached himself in the midst of attempting to defend his private determination in accepting the appointment and thus, the reference to the holy father was not supposed as an act of disrespect to his exalted and revered workplace.
In keeping with Governor Lalong, “Your Grace, by this written letter, I wish to tender my unreserved apologies and ask for their understanding and forgiveness from my brothers in the Catholic faith and, through you, the entire members of the Bishops’ Conference, our Fathers and our Leaders.”
Governor Lalong added that his dedication to the Catholic religion to which he belongs remained unreserved and undiluted, saying that he would proceed to uphold the banner of his religion in public life as he has completed over time, stating that within the final 5 or so years.