“Let’s work for the unity of Benue” – Calls from APC gubernatorial candidates

Reverend Hyacinth Alia

By Bridget Ikyado

Reverend Hyacinth Alia, the All Progressives Congress (APC) 2023 Governor candidate in Benue, called on the people to work for unity and the good of the state.

He made the call during his 32nd priestly birthday and Thanksgiving Mass at Ihugh, Vandeikya Local Government Area in Benue on Sunday.

His media assistant, Mr. Isaac Uzaan, said the Thanksgiving service was organized by Ihugh Network for Fr. Alia at St. Winifred’s Catholic Church, Ihugh.

Alia expressed her deep gratitude to God for the privilege of sharing the priesthood of Jesus Christ serving the people of God for over 32 years.

He called on the people of Benue to shun ethnic and religious issues and come together to build a good Benue.

Alia said the incumbent government has completely abandoned issues related to the development of the state, causing untoward difficulties for the people.

He said he chose to enter the political arena after seeing the poor condition of the people of Benue and the urgent need to change the unfavorable political situation in the state.

“Contrary to speculation in some quarters that I have been stripped of my priesthood, I am a priest forever.

“I only took a sabbatical from the prosecution service to save the political climate in the state,” he said.

Reverend Alia promised to straighten out the situation of the state for the good of the people and the nation as a whole.

Earlier in a sermon, the Rev. Clément Mato, parish priest of the church, advised Christians to remain steadfast in their faith believing that God would save them in difficult situations.

He blamed politicians for the general hardships in Benue and called on people to take advantage of their numerical strength to participate in politics.

The cleric prayed for God’s guidance and mercy on Benue.

Prominent Benue political bigwigs, support groups, clergy and many worshipers attended the thanksgiving. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

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Edited by Alli Hakeem

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