The Catholic Church in Nigeria has asked the Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State to confess his sins and resign over his ‘blasphemous’ comment on Pope, following the rejection of his apology.
Recall that the governor had tendered an apology to the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, over alleged controversial comments about the Holy Father.
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The group, under the aegis of Mass Servants Association of Nigeria (MSAN), said it is not enough for the governor to express remorse, adding that he must prove it by embarking on a 40-day fast and step down from his role as the Director-General of the All Progressives Congress presidential campaign council.
While admitting that it was an error on his part to have linked the Catholic Pontiff with Nigeria’s politics, he begged for forgiveness and understanding from the Catholic Church through the Bishops’ conference.
But in a statement signed by Moses Idoko, the MSAN said Lalong must repent and return every penny from the promoters of Muslim-Muslim ticket.
According to Idoko, the governor should go a step further to resign as the DG of the APC’s presidential campaign council to show true repentance.
Quoting the Canon Law, Idoko said “Lalong must confess to the priest for reconciliation with God and with the Catholic Church”.
He added that “even though God is merciful and forgiving, he does not declare the guilty to be guiltless (Ex 34:7).
“Sin carries with it a need for expiation even after it has been forgiven. After David sinned, the prophet Nathan told him: ‘The Lord on his part has forgiven your sin: you shall not die: But since you have utterly spurned the Lord by this deed, the child born to you must surely die’ (2 Sam 12:13–14).”