The communiqué issued at the end of the 3rd Session of the 14th Synod of the Diocese of Egba, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) held from Thursday 26th day of April, 2018 to Sunday 29th day of April, 2018 hosted by Christ Anglican Church, Ijemo, Abeokuta held at the Jubilee Multipurpose Hall, Bishopscourt, Onikolobo, Abeokuta.
The third session of the fourteenth Synod with the theme: THE ALMIGHTY GOD (Psalm 46:7) was hosted by Christ Anglican Church, Ijemo, Abeokuta in the ninth year of the consecration of the Diocesan Bishop, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Oludaisi Adekunle M. Ed, (G & C) M. Div. Dip. Th.), who doubles as the President of Synod. He was assisted by the Chancellor, the Registrar and other Diocesan Officials with all Synod Delegates comprising members of the house of Clergy and members of the house of laity, in attendance.
Below are the resolutions of the Synod:-
- THE SYNOD THEME
The Synod examined in its entire ramifications the theme THE ALMIGHTY GOD (Psalm 46:7). The Almighty God connotes the exceeding greatness of the omnipotent, benevolent and transcendent creator that can deliver mankind from all manners of challenges, difficulties, trials and tribulations. The Almighty God is also known to be a refuge, strength and help for all who believe in Him. The Synod therefore urged Christians to absolutely trust God who is able to make all challenges of life cease, being the most powerful over nature – Ps 46: 1- 3; over the attackers of the city – Ps 46: 4 -7 and over the whole warring world- Ps 46: 8 -11.
- EGBA DIOCESE AND EVANGELISM
The Synod recalled the heritage of the Diocese on Christianity following which it celebrated the one hundred and seventy fifth Anniversary of Christianity in Nigeria early in the year. The Synod also emphasized the prominence of evangelism in Egba Diocese and the nation at large. Accordingly, the Diocese planted seven new Churches after the last Synod to further extend the frontier of Christianity. The Diocese also embarked on aggressive rural and urban evangelism sponsored by Peter Akinola Foundation (PAF). The Synod therefore enjoined all Christian faithfuls to pursue one-on-one evangelism, in order to stem the tide of idolatry, ritual killings, corruptions and other vices in our communities and the nation.
- STATE ISSUES
The Synod rejoiced with the people of Ogun State and our dear Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, CON, FCA on the landmark occasion of his 60th birthday celebration and prayed that he will see more fulfilling years.
The accelerated rate of work on the roads currently under construction, especially in Abeokuta metropolis, was noted by the Synod and it hoped that they would be completed in good time and lay a solid framework for the coming administration.
The Synod acknowledged the great success that attended the third edition of African Drums Festival recently held in Abeokuta. It is the view of the Synod that this area of tourism industry will further open up the State and the nation for international attention and increased economic growth. The Synod expressed delight on the way the Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Police is dealing with criminal minded elements in the State on the issues of kidnapping, ritual killing and the likes. It also commended the State government and all security agencies on the relative peace presently enjoyed in the State. However, the Synod expressed desire that the pressing issue of encroachment on farmlands by herdsmen should be addressed and a lasting solution found, so as to endear the government to the citizenry. The Synod urged the State government and all other political practitioners in the State without divide, to handle the issue of succession at all levels of governance very carefully since no success can be truly paraded without good succession. This will give a lasting legacy that is untarnished. The Synod assures the government and the good people of the State of its prayers on these endeavours, now and always.
- NATIONAL ISSUES
5.1 Insecurity and Economic hardship
The Synod expressed concern on the degenerating value of human lives witnessed in the past few years. The degeneration tends to give more value to the lives of cattle than those of human beings and citizens. It is a situation which depicts a lost sense of respect and dignity.
The Synod observed the various cases of insecurity and incessant attacks on the lives and properties of Nigerians, particularly in the North – Eastern part of the Country and in Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba and Adamawa States. The Synod resolved that urgent and prompt actions are needed to be taken by the Federal government.
The Synod equally noted that many Nigerians have inadvertently chosen to sell themselves to slavery in Libya en-route Europe in search of greener pasture. This is another evidence of a lost sense of self-respect and dignity.
The recent abduction and subsequent release of female students from Dapchi in Yobe State also attracted the attention of the Synod. The Synod is of the opinion that the abduction revealed the vulnerability of schools in the North East and other parts of the country. It therefore urges the Federal and State governments to proactively ensure the safety of its citizenry at all times. The Synod further urged the Federal Government ensure the release of Leah Sharibu, the only remaining female student abducted from Dapchi yet to be released by her abductors based on her refusal to renounce her Christian faith and also the remaining Chibok girls.
5.2 2019 General Elections
The Synod took note of the on-going voters registration exercise across the country in preparation for the 2019 general elections. Members of the church and the general public are enjoined to fulfill their civic responsibilities by registering and voting during the elections in order to ensure that credible personalities are elected into offices. Christians are also encouraged to vie for elective offices.
5.3 JOHESU National Strike
The Synod noted with concern the on-going national strike action of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) that has paralyzed all Federal government hospitals across the federation and its attendant effects on the citizenry. It appealed to the Federal government and the Union to urgently resolve their differences in the interest of the suffering masses.
- GLOBAL ISSUES
6.1. Modern day slavery
The Synod condemned the menace of modern day slavery confronting every nation of the world without exception. This is attributed to poor global economy. It urged world leaders to change their lifestyles of oppressive governance and focus on the welfare of their citizens.
The Synod equally noted escalation in wars and natural disasters across the world and prays to God to save the world from imminent self-destruction.
The Synod observed with satisfaction that the Diocese has established large parcels of farmland at Kila and Opeji areas of the Diocese for production of high quality Ofada rice, in line with the vision of the Diocesan Bishop on economic empowerment and rural development, and in support of the food security and sustenance crusade of the Federal and State governments. It is also pleased that the investments in agro-forestry and tree-planting involving teak and malaina plantations at Apena, Opeji and Kila areas of the Diocese are encouragingly progressing. Regrettably, the menace of Fulani herdsmen does not spare some of our farmlands. Apart from destruction of farm crops by the invading cattle, some parts of planted farms are usually set on fire resulting in serious damages and losses on investments. The Synod therefore enjoined all the three tiers of government to create enabling environment that would be conducive to farming and also empower the teeming unemployed youths with necessary inputs and funds to go into farming.
Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Oludaisi Adekunle, M. Ed.; M. Div.; Dip. Th.
Hon. Chief Benjamin Oludare Ogunmodede, LL. B; B. L
Ven. Folarin Ayodeji Olukunmi Adekunle, M. Div.; M. Sc.; B. L; Dip. Th.