Benue Catholic Church Suspends Priest Over Partisan Politics

Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

The Catholic diocese of Gboko, Benue State has suspended a priest, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia, for participating in partisan politics.

Alia is a frontline governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress in Benue State. He has picked the APC N50m nomination form.

This was made know in a disclaimer released by the Bishop of Gboko diocese, William A. Avenya, yesterday.

The church said the suspension of Alia takes immediate effect. According to the letter, signed by the Catholic Bishop of Gboko Diocese, Bishop William Avenya, directed to all priests and churches in the Diocese, “the catholic church does not allow its priests to get into partisan politics on their own.”

Reacting to the suspension order pronounced on him by Catholic Diocese, Alia said it is a normal practice of the church. He said he is officially freed to go on fully with his political ambition. He recalled that late Rev. Fr. Moses Orshio Adasu, former governor of the state went through the same process.

“From the day I took the decision to answer the overwhelming calls of my people to contest the Governorship of Benue with the aim to rescue our people from the shackles of maladministration, I was fully aware of the sacrifice I was going to make. And am convinced that it is worth the cause I am fighting to serve the souls of Benue people and the State. I have a freer leverage to give more time to achieving this pursuit,” he said.

Source: Nation

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