Southern youths hail Gov Ortom for public apology to Fulani

The Coalition of Southern Youths, CSY commends Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State for tendering an open apology to Nigerians over recent comments he made about the Fulani.

The coalition said that the video clip of the Governor apologising on national television gives them joy and simply confirms Ortom’s status as a man whose disposition to peace and stability is unparalleled.

They described the Governor’s action as a bold move, saying he has become more like the conscience of the nation and now encourages others, especially leaders to toe the path of peace and tranquillity even when they are provoked.

“We are not surprised at Governor Ortom’s latest show of humility and responsibility as his passion for modesty as a role model is uncommon,” the coalition said in a statement signed by Tito Dzokumor, its president.

The statement further urged all leaders of thought and opinion leaders “to take a cue from the Benue State henchman in always doing that which is capable of calming frayed nerves than making utterances capable of complicating an already bad situation.”

CSY said it believed that the unreserved apology by the governor will also allay the fears of the Fulani that they were being profiled and targeted by some Nigerians.

“It will also set the tone for a harmonious relationship between Fulani leaders and Governor Ortom who has been an epitome of peace and unity as exhibited in all his dealings with people irrespective of who they are and what they profess,” the body noted.

CSY expressed hope that leaders, like Atiku Abubakar who obviously provoked Ortom into making that comment about the Fulani, would be more careful in selecting their words while reacting to national issues, especially the killings in Benue and other parts of the country.

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