” Why is Reverend Father Alia on sabbatical leave? “


By Awunah Pius Terwase

Our men of God should know that God and the general public are watching them with keen interest. They (Men of God) supposed to be the light in the society, they supposed to be role model to the members of the society, they supposed to preach the truth and behave right, they supposed to lead for the public to follow and if they end up misleading us (general), they should know that anything that would negatively happen to us due to their disinformation, disingenuous, deceptive and twisted attitudes that seem to be right in the eyes of the people but rather very flawed before God, they are to be blamed.

It would be right and more understood if Bishop Wilfred Anagbe of Makurdi Diocese can publicly clear the ongoing “seem to be true rumour” about Him and Reverend Father Hyacinth Alia, by telling us what necessitated Sabbatical leave for Rev Alia at this time that his people (Saint Thomas Anum, Catholic Church) needed him most.

Reverend father Alia recently celebrated his 25years anniversary of Priesthood as organized for him by his church, Saint Thomas Anum, Catholic Church Makudi, and 12million naira was realized from that organized celebration of his priesthood, according to the report from some reliable sources of the Saint Thomas Catholic Church, Makurdi, and Reverend Alia’s last place of assignment before sabbatical leave.

However, the acting Bishop of Makurdi Dioceses, Wilfred Anagbe, needed part of the money as his share but Rev Father Alia remained adamant in giving some to him. According to Alia, the money belongs to him and he is planning to use part of the money for church project and the remaining one, he decides what to do with it and not to share it with anyone. This reply from Rev Father Alia provoked Bishop Wilfred and his sent him on transfer to another Catholic Church somewhere in a rural community of the state. The information further revealed that Rev. Alia refused to honour the transfer, according to him, there is nothing wrong for one to be transferred but the motive behind the transfer is questionable.

Thereafter, Alia was punished by forcing him to go on mandatory sabbatical leave. Bishop Hyacinth Anagbe; is that true? Is Reverend Father Alia truly on sabbatical leave? Why is he on sabbatical leave now that his people need him most?

To our respected Bishop, Wilfred, the earlier you answer the above questions in order to convince the concerned public on the so called sabbatical leave for Rev. Father Alia, the better for you as the public’s faith in you and the entire Catholic Church will be restored. To our lordship, bishop Anagbe, all the efforts I have made to contact you and hear your own side of the story on this Alia’s sabbatical leave proved abortive and I know that if appear in this medium, it would definitely get to you and you shall response properly and promptly so that the concerned public can put the matter to rest.

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  1. Ikyurav Timothy Terna

    January 21, 2016 at 12:24 AM

    Well,my Bro. matters in Catholic Church are not treated in the pages of newspapers or secular press. If you are a Catholic,you should know the right thing. Priests are rotated every five years and no priest has the right to reject a posting.

    • Apever Isaac Tersoo

      May 2, 2017 at 11:47 AM

      Sabbatical leave is not your portion Rev.Fr Alia, God choose you to work for Him and your must accomplish if truely your are serving the Living God.

  2. Daniels

    January 21, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    Matters of the church shouldnt be your
    concern most esp.when you dont have prove
    is it Fr.Alia that told you,that the bishop requested
    for a share of the money?

  3. kumba steve

    January 22, 2016 at 4:53 AM

    mr. Man there are so many things arround us that recquires your so called concern, but while do you leave them rather concern with the things of the CATHOLIC CHURCH?, ARE YOU THE DIOCESE SPOKE PERSON? Why don,t you questioned on things of your state goverment? ….AND AMONG ALL, HOW SURE ARE YOU WITH THE INFORMATION?

  4. Solomon Uter

    July 17, 2017 at 4:00 AM

    Alia was not born with st Thomas, why would he reject posting? your source has failed you on this one.

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