Northern Christian Youths Forum said Governor Samuel Ortom’s apology is a demonstration of who a true Christian should be; to forgive and ask for forgiveness.
President of Northern Christian Youths forum, Philip Dogara, asked those were hurt by the Governor’s comments to accept his apology.
The statement reads: “We receive with unlimited happiness the news that Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has apologised to Fulanis and Nigerians generally for saying he won’t support a Fulani man to be the next president of Nigeria.
“We commend Governor Ortom for tendering that apology without compulsion and blackmail by people who usually take advantage of such utterances to cause mischief and amplify tensions among the people.
“Governor Ortom has shown that he is a true Christian as it takes one who emulates Christ and is enmeshed in the teachings of the church to apology for real or perceived wrong done to others and their emotions.
“The Governor’s apology has also opened a vista of a cordial relationship between him and those who felt aggrieved by the comments on one hand, and Fulanis and his people of Benue on the other hand.
“The Northern Christian Youths Forum, NCYF therefore calls for caution from those who may have made unguarded utterances or through their actions or inaction irked Governor Ortom into making the said comment that obviously hurt many.
“The group wants those whose feelings were hurt by the initial statement to also accept the apology in good fate because only true forgiveness is capable of engendering peace and unity.
“The NCYF therefore admonish political and religious leaders to learn from Samuel Ortom as it takes only a humble, but strong person to apologise for words they utter or actions they take that don’t go down well with others.
“We encourage Governor Ortom to maintain his clamour for justice, equity and fairness in all matters concerning Nigerians as those are the ingredients needed to ensure national peace and unity.”