The Catholic Diocese of Kastina-Ala in Benue State, North Central Nigeria on Friday, May 20, 2022, suspend Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia a priest for his involvement in partisan politics.
The suspended priest was said to have bought the form to contest the All Progressive Congress (APC) Governorship ticket in Benue state in the forthcoming elections.
The press statement dated 20th May 2022 and signed by William A. Avenya, Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Gboko and Apostolic Administrator Sade Vacamte Catholic Diocese of Kastina-Ala, said the priest has been suspended from public ministry after series of admonitions.
“The mother church does not allow her clerics to get involved in partisan politics, on their own so also CAN extant law. 285, 3 CIC.
“You are all aware that my son, your brother and your Priest has purchased the party forms to contest for the office of Governor of Benue State under the All Progressives Congress (APC), which is totally against our vocation.
“Therefore, to respond to the spiritual and postoral needs of the church in the Catholic Diocese of Gboko, I have suspended him from the exercise of Sacred Ministry.
“This Canonical suspension takes immediate effect.
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