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Catholic Church suspends priest for joining governorship contest in Benue

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A Catholic Priest, Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia, has been suspended for joining the governorship contest in Benue state.

The Catholic Diocese of Gboko in Benue State announced his suspension in a letter signed by Bishop William Avenya dated May 20, 2022.

Alia is one of 12 persons who picked up N50 million expression of interest and nomination forms of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and cleared to participate in the party’s primary election.

The suspension letter read in part; “I write to communicate to you the suspension of my priest, Revd. Fr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia from public ministry after series of admonitions to him.

“The Mother Church does not allow her clerics to get involved in partisan politics on their own.

“You are aware that my son, your brother and your priest has purchased the party forms to contest for the Office of the Governor of Benue State under the All Progressives’ Congress which is totally against our vocation.

“Therefore, to respond to the spiritual and pastoral needs of the Church in the Catholic Diocese of Gboko, I have suspended him from the exercise of sacred ministry.

“This canonical suspension takes effect from the moment it is communicated to him and lasts until he ceases from contumacy.”

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