The communiqué issued at the end of the 1st Session of the 14th Synod of the Diocese of Egba, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) held from Thursday 28th day of April, 2016 to Sunday 1st day of May, 2016 at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Sodubi Onikolobo, Abeokuta (held at the Jubilee Multipurpose Hall, Bishop’s Court, Onikolobo, Abeokuta).
The Synod with the theme: THE BEATITUDES (Matthew 5: 3-12, Luke 6: 12-40, Deut 28: 1-14) having been duly constituted was presided over by the Diocesan Bishop and the President of the Synod, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Oludaisi Adekunle M. Ed, (G & C) M. Div, Dip. Th.) at the first session of the fourteenth Synod and the seventh year of his consecration. He was ably assisted by the Registrar and other Diocesan Officials with all Synod Delegates in attendance.
Below are the resolutions of the Synod:-
The Synod examined in all its ramification the theme BEATITUDES (Matthew 5:3-12, Luke 6: 12-40, Deut 28: 1-14) as rewards for obedience to God’s laws and ordinances. Beatitudes connote God’s abundant and great blessings that are conditional. The problems confronting the nation presently are not beyond God and what is required is to repent as a nation and return to Him so as to attract His abundant blessings. The Synod therefore calls on Nigerians to obey God’s commandments so that we can experience His blessings in all facets of our national life. The Synod also agreed that the Church and homes should be in the fore-front of promoting anti-corruption through the spirit of the Beatitude at all times. It is in this respect that the synod appreciates Revd Canon N. A. Oke who delivered the opening sermon of the Synod.
- State Issues
The Synod joins the Ogun State Government to thank God that the State is growing in leaps and bounds, and it congratulates the current administration under the able leadership of Senator Ibikunle Amosun, CON, FCA, on this positive development. It is noted that many projects and physical infrastructures successfully constructed by this administration is fast developing satellite towns around the major cities in the State, especially Abeokuta. Nevertheless, the Synod wishes to make a special appeal to the Ogun State Government to give serious thought and accord priority to the payment of gratuity to all the retired public/civil servants in the State without further delay. The non-payment of same thus far, unwittingly reduces the value and meaningfulness of the afore-said capital projects, as many of the affected people and families are suffering in silence.
What equally requires urgent attention of the State Government, is the need to undertake a review of the policy on arbitrary acquisition of lands in the 1.5 kilometer corridor of roads linking the State capital. A review and definite pronouncement on this new acquisition ought to be in line with the subsisting Land Use Act, so that no ordinary citizen is deprived of his rights.
The Synod frowns at the non-remittance of the workers’ cooperative monthly deductions to the appropriate quarters and in compelling them to continue against their wish.
- State of the Nation
The Synod observed that Nigerians craved for immediate positive change in every facet of our national life, particularly after the election that brought the incumbent President (Mohammadu Buhari, GCFR) into power, but regrettably, every organ of the administration and government in the country appears to be moribund. It noted with concern the poor and hopeless situation of electricity generation and distribution in the country. The synod was at pain to note a return of the dreaded queue at our petrol stations all over the country, and its attendant consequences of restricting inter and intra city movements of people, and the hiking of fares by commercial transporters. It is a situation which further worsens the economic well-being of the masses. The synod therefore calls for an urgent attention in this regard. This is necessary to boost the economic situation of the country and bring relief to the masses of the people.
The subsisting poor health delivery system, the dilapidated highways across the nation, and the ever-rising cost of goods and services, did not go unnoticed by the Synod. It therefore enjoined the Federal Government to proffer urgent and lasting solutions to these problems.
- The Fulani Cattle herdsmen menace
The rampaging activities of the Fulani herdsmen in many parts of the country caught the attention of the Synod. It is disturbed by the reported incidents at Akwu village in Agatu Local Government of Benue State and at Nimbo in Uzo-Uwani Local Government in Enugu State where scores of innocent farmers/villagers lay dead in their country homes, as a result of the escapades of invading heavily armed Fulani herdsmen. It is an irony of fate that many of the affected villagers had to abandon their homestead after helplessly witnessing massive destruction of their farm lands and economic crops, and after feeling an imminent threat to their lives. The fate of their wives and children are better imagined than told, in the circumstance.
Like other Nigerians, the Diocese fell victim of the dastardly activities of the unpatriotic herdsmen in the recent destruction of its farm lands at Opeji farm settlement and Kila farm settlement at Efon Adanri where invested fund that run into millions of naira was reduced to nothing. It is an anti-climax that while many Nigerians are silently rejoicing in the seemingly decline of the murderous activities of Boko Haram, they are becoming apprehensive of the incessant invasion by the Fulani herdsmen which is increasing in tempo and intensity.
It is the belief of the Synod that a permanent solution of this menace goes beyond the creation of cattle routes. If created, the wicked herdsmen will still be migrant. Their settlement in villages naturally domiciled by peasant farmers of different culture and faith, portend unending clashes/crisis which may threaten the corporate existence of the nation.
- National Health Challenges
The Synod commends the efforts of the Federal Government in curtailing the spread of endemic health problems like EBOLA fever, LASSA fever, and it urges the government to put measures in place to forestall the spread of ZIKA fever, that is currently ravaging some parts of the world,
into the country. The Synod also commends the Federal Government’s effort on the stoppage of indiscriminate overseas treatment for political/public office holders and it urges the government to improve the existing medical facilities in Nigeria to optimally cater for the health challenges of the people.
The Synod felicitates with four Priests (Revds Jacob B. Bankole, Moses B. Onasanya, Aremu Olukunle Fajobi and Ven. Olusegun C. Osofundiya) who had served creditably as ministers in the Church of God in the Diocese, till their retirement after the last Synod.
- Preferment of Priests
The Synod joins its President to felicitate with seven Priests on their elevation to the rank of honourary Canon. It also congratulates seven other Priests who were elevated to the rank of statutory Canon. The Synod equally rejoices with seven Priests who were preferred to the rank of Archdeacon. It wishes them a good tenure of office in their respective placements.
Rt Rev. Emmanuel Oludaisi Adekunle, M. Ed.; M. Div.; Dip. Th.
Hon. Bar. Benjamin O. Ogunmodede, LL. B; B. L
Ven. Bar. Folarin A. Olukunmi Adekunle, M. Div.; M. Sc.; B. L; Dip. Th.