From Priesthood to Politics: Governor Alia’s Mission to Serve the Marginalized

Benue State Governor, Hyacinth Alia, recently shared insights into his transition from priesthood to politics, shedding light on his motivations and the underlying drive behind his decision. Governor Alia, in a discussion with reporters at the Government House in Makurdi, recounted a playful exchange with Anambra State Governor Charles Soludo, who good-naturedly teased him about his shift from the clergy to politics. This banter sparked a deeper reflection on his journey.

Explaining his shift, Governor Alia expressed a deep-rooted desire to continue the mission of the church, which he described as the salvation of souls and the prevention of people from being lost. He saw his entry into politics as an extension of this divine mission, aimed at serving and uplifting the disadvantaged masses of Benue State.

Having spent 33 years as a Catholic priest deeply integrated into his local community, Governor Alia witnessed firsthand the challenges faced by the needy and marginalized. These individuals often lacked social representation and support, compelling him to address the systemic injustices and neglect they endured.

Governor Alia’s decision was driven by a profound belief in God’s love for all people, especially those overlooked and marginalized. He was determined to advocate for their rights and well-being in the political sphere, viewing politics as a platform to effect positive change and uplift the downtrodden.

Despite facing suspension from the priesthood due to his political aspirations, Governor Alia clarified that the church does not inherently oppose priests engaging in partisan politics, particularly in situations involving multiple political parties. He emphasized the nuanced perspective of the church, acknowledging circumstances where societal dysfunction necessitates a priest’s intervention to bring about meaningful change.

Governor Alia underscored the importance of understanding this perspective, reaffirming his commitment to serving and uplifting all individuals, particularly those in need of assistance, as he continues his journey in politics.

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