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.