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Lalong asks for forgiveness for bloodletting in Plateau


Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State.

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has declared February 7 of every year as “Forgiveness Day,” which should be observed as a public holiday for sober reflection and prayers in the state.

Lalong stated this while commissioning the Garden of Forgiveness along Tafawa Balewa Street in Jos.

On the day set aside as public holiday to highlight the virtue of forgiveness, the governor stood in the garden to pray for forgiveness for past wrongs.


He said: “As the governor and Chief Executive Officer of the state, I stand on behalf of the good people of the state to be the number one to ask for forgiveness from all the children that have lost their parents because of our intolerance of one another.

“We ask for the forgiveness of parents who have lost their children in this ugly introduction that smears our history as people of peace. We ask for the forgiveness of every man that lost his wife when we migrated from our humanity to inhumanity.”

Lalong also asked for the forgiveness of every woman who lost her husband in the course of “our madness. To all ethnic nationalities and communities of Plateau affected, we say we are sorry and I ask for forgiveness. We are also not oblivious of the fact that some foreigners who come to our state with good intentions may have been affected in one way or another during these years of blood-letting, and we say we are sorry and ask for forgiveness.”

He also said sorry to all those that lost valuable assets and security agencies who lost their personnel during violent conflicts in the state, adding that citizens should exchange vengeance for forgiveness and take the message to every nook and cranny of the state.

The Forgiveness Garden was initiated by the Interfaith Mediation Centre, Kaduna and facilitated by Pastor James Oye and Imam Nura Ashafa in appreciation of the state government for embracing the idea.


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