Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong can go home and sleep peacefully. His apology to the catholic church over a political statement involving the Pope has been accepted.
The governor was told to go and sin no more.
Catholic Archbishop of Jos, Plateau State, Dr. Matthew Audu, told the governor he has been forgiven and the church will not disgrace or allow him to fall.
“Your apology is accepted. The President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has already accepted your apology, and so it goes for all of us,” Audu said at the opening of the 19th General Assembly of the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos, yesterday with the theme: ‘The Eucharist: Our Strength Towards a Better Nigeria’.
The Archbishop assured the governor that the Church will neither disgrace him nor allow him to fail and asked him to advise the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on the need for unity, national integration and carrying all segments of the country along, which is the major concern expressed by Christians on the choice of it presidential candidate and the running mate.
The governor, who was present at the event also reaffirmed his loyalty, commitment and faith in the Catholic Church, as well as the desire to always be a good ambassador wherever he finds himself.
According to a statement, yesterday, by the Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor, Dr. Makut Macham, the Plateau governor spoke on the importance of the Eucharist in his life, adding that he continues to draw strength and inspiration from his relationship with God, as well as the teaching he has received from the Church since childhood.
Lalong, therefore, said the events of the past week relating to his controversial utterance, should not be used to judge his love, respect and loyalty to the Church, which strongly teaches forgiveness, tolerance, compassion and repentance.
He said: “When there is unity, love and continuity, we can do better and greater things for the Lord. May I appeal to my colleagues, my brothers and sisters in politics to take a cue from the example of the Catholic Church by closing ranks and seeing us as God’s workers. That way, we can see Plateau and Nigeria as God’s field and God’s building where we can all play our roles in fulfilling his purpose.”
Lalong also said his root as a Catholic shaped his thinking and enabled him to see governance as a duty to serve the people, irrespective of their differences and affiliations.
Love and justice, he said, are his principal considerations at all times when decisions need to be taken, particularly difficult ones.
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