October 3, 2022

Simon Lalong, governor of Plateau, has apologised for referring to the Catholic church and the Pope during his interview on the Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Lalong’s apology was contained in a letter addressed to Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), dated August 12.

The governor, also the director-general of the APC presidential campaign team, has been criticised for supporting a Muslim-Muslim ticket.

Defending his appointment, Lalong had said as a Catholic, the Pope has not informed him that it is improper for him to serve as the director-general of the APC presidential campaign team.

In the letter, the Plateau governor said he realised that his comment has brought “embarrassment” to the Catholic church, especially to the family of Papal Knights.

“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,” the letter reads.

“The appointment understandably was received with mixed reactions across the Christian community who genuinely feel aggrieved by the decision of our party to settle for a Muslim-Muslim ticket.

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