Middle Belt Youth Forum, MBYF, has commended the apology Governor Samuel Ortom recently over the comment he made about Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Fulani ethnic group saying he has humility and decency in leadership.
In the statement signed by the Secretary of the Forum, Yakubu Danjuma, urged leaders to learn the path of Ortom of apologizing to their subjects when they err.
The statement reads: “We have read with excitement and huge sense of relief, reports that Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has apologised to those who were understandably offended by his recent outbursts against Fulanis.
“The Governor had while fielding questions from journalists in Bauchi after a meeting between the now popular G-5 Governors and their Bauchi state counterpart, Bala Mohammed extended his apologies to the Fulanis and other Nigerians who felt offended by the comments, saying he never meant to hurt any individual or group(s).
“The Middle Belt Youth Forum, MBYF is therefore highly impressed with Governor Ortom’s show of rare humility and commends him for taking that bold step to assuage the feelings of those who were apparently slighted by that comment which he obviously made with no malice intended.
“The Forum wants other influential Nigerians to emulate Governor Ortom who has been a trail blazer in having moments of introspection and taking steps that would prevent escalation of tensions and profiling of others.
“MBYF equally calls on those who are seeking elections and aspiring to public positions to tone down on acts and utterances that suggest support for elements that are out to cause disaffection among the people and destroy of lives and properties of Nigerians.