By Matthew Ajai-Kume
The 2023 gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue State, Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia has called on Nigerians and particularly people of Benue State to come out in their numbers to register with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC).
Fr Alia said with the PVC one can be able to exercise his or her franchise by voting a leader or leaders that can attract greater development to the society.
Fr Alia made the call recently, while addressing 2022 National Convention and Mega Reunion of the St James Minor Seminary Old Boys Association (SAJSOBA) held at Winika Hotels, Gboko, Benue State.
Alia, who is also a member of the association appealed to all, particularly St James Minor Seminary, Yandev Old Boys Association to remain united and work harder for the church and the society.
The guber contender expressed happiness for the ability to share in the joy and love, and to see all the faces he has not seen for many years ago, and called on them to go out and carry out their voter registration.
He appreciated the organizers of the reunion and saluted the sense of reasoning that brings them together annually to interact with one another and also harness ideas for the development of their school and a better future for themselves.
Fr Alia stressed the need for unity and added that, what binds them is greater than what might seem to divide them.
He said: “Dear friends, what binds us is greater than what might seem to divide us. The bond you and I share as one must remain as one.
“We are a people of unity, we must remain unified. We must share our common purpose of unity and work for the Church and the state.”
He further said: “It becomes incumbent on all of us to continue to share the values our school gave us. School has given us special values to be the best citizens of our state and we must not lose sight of that.
“It is important for us not be the conspirators of silence. For some reasons, there is a culture of silence in the land. It is not the evil doers who are going to destroy the world but those who sit quietly and watch them destroy the world.
“We are all invited to our special callings and duties to see what we can do to make that difference.”
He charged all to shun the conspiracy and culture of silence and identify with the church and with the state.
“Let us identify all these by our very religion. If something is going wrong, say something.
“I appreciate the commonality and the presence of each one of us. Remember, we are one family and one family we must stay, in all things and at all times. We may not have enough to contribute to make things happen the way we thought they should, but the tiny bits we make will create a difference,” he added.
He urged them to see what they can do to promote their cause, what they can do to add value to the seminary, most especially, the ongoing project of the construction of the school chapel, while urging them to see whatever little or big they can contribute to make it happen.
Fr Alia appreciated the proprietor of the School, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Gboko, Dr William Avenya, the Rector, Rev Fr Godwin Asor and the National President of the association, Engr Godwin Kave and his exco for all that they have been doing to keep St James Minor Seminary going, just as he prayed God to continue to bless them with good things and grant them long life.