Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, has said being a Christian does not affect his responsibility as member of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The governor was reacting to the comments of critics who oppose his acceptance to serve as the Director-General of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Organisation
Lalong added that as a Catholic with the highest Papal award, the Pope has not told him that what he is doing is wrong.
He maintained that he was elected governor for people of all faiths adding that he is a member of the APC and will not engage in anti-party activities.
“I came back home and CAN welcomed me at the airport. The next day, I addressed stakeholders of Plateau State. And I told them why I am accepting. And then there was jubilation and all of them accepted.
“So if you see people talking about me rejecting it…I’ve accepted already. It’s not an option. I’m a Christian. I went through missionary schools. I respect my being a Christian. I have been given the highest award by the Pope. The Knight of St. Gregory the Great.
“And as a Catholic, everything we do, we send the advice to the Pope. The Pope has not told me that what I’m doing is bad to accept the Director-General. As a Catholic, we take that direction,” he said.
Describing his role as purely political and not religious, Lalong criticised some Christian leaders asking him to reject the appointment.
When asked about concerns over his campaign duties overshadowing Governance in Plateau, the Chairman, Northern Governors’ Forum, said Plateau State was in “capable hands.”
According to him, “We are using technology now. What is the distance from here (Abuja) to Plateau? It’s 20 minutes if you are going by air. Just as I’m leaving this place, I have a Plateau Executive Council meeting. I have capable hands that are taking care of the state. So, I have no fear. That was why I mentioned it, that I have no fear about my time.