The Coat of Arms consist of a shield, over which is a Cross, ingrained with the five wounds of Christ. This indicates the reality of his of pastoral responsibility, the cost of discipleship and the need for selfless sacrifice, love and service. Generally, the shield is an inspiration from the Bishop’s Alma Mater (Mt. St. Gabriel’s Secondary school, Makurdi). It emphasizes the importance of education as the necessary foundation, without which no meaningful progress can be achieved by the people.

Deus Fortitudo Mea. (Latin), God is my strength. (English), Aondo ka agee am (Tiv).

Images Contained on the Shield

M, stands for Mary, Our Mother of Perpetual Help, on whom the Bishop, as the Shepherd of Gboko diocese, must constantly call upon for help. The three wavy lines represent the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit; with God, all things are possible. Rivers Benue and Kastina-Ala indicate natural fertility and productivity of Benue and its people. The black and white lines symbolise and embody the Tiv identity, the ethnic group of Bishop Avenya.