Aggrieved members of the Roman Catholic Church on Thursday expressed concern over the reference by Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State to the Pope while defending his acceptance to serve as the Director-General of All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council for the 2023 election.
The PUNCH reported that the governor had backed the idea of the Muslim-Muslim ticket after meeting with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retired), at the State House in Abuja.
According to him, as a Catholic with the highest Papal award of Knight of Saint Gregory, the Pope had not told him what he was doing is wrong.
But the Catholic faithful blamed him for dragging the Holy Father into the murky politics of Nigeria and the 2023 election. They also called for his immediate suspension from the Church for alleged blasphemy.
The President of the Concerned Catholics in Nigeria, Dr. Ben Amodu, during a press conference in Abuja, insisted that Lalong must tender an apology for the global embarrassment his ‘unguarded’ remarks caused the Pope and the entire Church.