Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia, a Catholic priest, has been suspended for running for governor of Benue state.
In a letter dated May 20, 2022, Bishop William Avenya of the Catholic Diocese of Gboko in Benue State announced his suspension.
Alia is one of 12 people who received N50 million in All Progressives Congress (APC) expressions of interest and nomination papers and were approved to run in the party’s primary election.
“I write to announce to you the suspension of my priest, Revd. Fr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia from public ministry after a series of admonitions to him,” the letter said.
“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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