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Kogi gov apologizes for negative comments on tithing

Governor of Kogi State, Yaya Bello has tendered an unreserved apology to the Catholic bishops and by extension the Christian community for his reckless comments after the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) visited president Muhammadu Buhari last week Thursday.

In statement signed by his director of Media and Publicity, Kingsley Fanwo, Bello said his statement to the press on the CBCN visits to president Buhari were misconstrued and misrepresented, but he said he take full responsibility. He maintained that he recognise the enormous contributions of the Catholic Church to entrenching a social order which is devoid of corruption, oppression and in the promotion of socio-economic justice

“My statements to the press were misconstrued and misrepresented but I take full responsibility for this as I tender my unreserved apology to the Catholic bishops and by extension my Christian brothers and sisters who are displeased with my statement on tithing.

“The Catholic Church has done very well in promoting literacy and health care. I am quite familiar with a good number of Catholic priests and I know their stance on the issue of corruption. Every church and religion must fight corruption because corruption oppresses the poor and destroy justice and fairness.”

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