The communiqué issued at the end of the 1st Session of the 15th Synod of the Diocese of Egba, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) held from Thursday 25th April, 2019 to Sunday 28th April, 2019 hosted by St Michael’s Anglican Church, Obantoko, Abeokuta held at the Jubilee Multipurpose Hall, Bishopscourt, Onikolobo, Abeokuta.
The first session of the fifteenth Synod with the theme: THE CHURCH MINISTRY: MAINTENANCE OR MISSION? (Luke 10: 1-12, Judges 5:16) was hosted by St Michael’s Anglican Church, Obantoko, Abeokuta in the Tenth Year of the Consecration of the Diocesan Bishop and President of Synod, Rt. Revd Emmanuel Oludaisi Adekunle Ph.D ;Dip. Th,. He was assisted by the Provost, the Archdeacons and other Diocesan Officials with all Synod Delegates comprising members of the House of Clergy and House of Laity, in attendance.
Below are the resolutions of the Synod:-
- THE SYNOD THEME
The Synod examined in all ramifications the theme: THE CHURCH MINISTRY: MAINTENANCE OR MISSION? (Luke 10: 1-12, Judges 5:16). The Church ministry connotes activities and responsibilities of the Church in fulfillment of its Biblical mandate in the world. The work of the Church is mission and should be approached in two broad ways.
- Love for God, Love for fellow human beings, Love for self.
- The Great Commission
Church ministry is not for rituals or routine services but moving with God and the Holy Spirit. Mission is an attribute of a growing and progressive Church, it must be inclusive i.e. providing infrastructure, social responsibilities and meeting community needs. On the other hand, maintenance is an ingredient required for the growth and sustenance of the Church however, in some situations it may be about self, retention of status quo and may lead to stagnation of the Church. As Christians, our mission is to preach the gospel of Christ and to save souls.
The theme of the Synod, THE CHURCH MINSTRY: MAINTENANCE OR MISSION is apt to transform individuals and Societies, the Synod therefore recommends the theme to Christian body in Nigeria for national rebirth.
The Synod urged Christian parents to teach their children in proper Christian doctrines (Anglicanism) and Government to give Christian Religious Knowledge necessary attention in our Education curriculum.
The Synod urged the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) to put in place feedback mechanism on the Bible Study Outline and Children Service Syllabus.
- EGBA DIOCESE AND EVANGELISM
The Synod received with gladness the good news of the accreditation and approval of four new schools in the diocese. They are:
- Archbishop Dada Akinde Anglican Comprehensive Academy (ADAACA), Ikija, Abeokuta that received formal approval as a Junior Secondary School in Ogun State.
- St Jude’s Secondary School, Ijeun Titun, Abeokuta that received approval for writing Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), JSS examination.
- Abeokuta Girls’ Grammar School (Private), Onikolobo, Abeokuta that obtained both the National Examination Council (NECO) and West African Examination Council (WAEC) accreditations as examination Centre.
- St John’s College (Private), Kuto, Abeokuta that obtained both the National Examination Council (NECO) and West African Examination Council (WAEC) accreditations as examination Centre.
Efforts are on to establish more schools or reactivate moribund ones.
The Diocese planted five new Churches after the last Synod to further extend the frontier of Christianity. The Diocese also enjoyed the support of Peter Akinola Foundation (PAF) for aggressive rural and urban evangelism. The Synod therefore enjoined all Christian faithful to pursue evangelism aggressively, in order to stem the tide of idolatry, ritual killings, corruptions and other vices in our communities and the nation.
- STATE ISSUES
The Synod wishes to express appreciation to the out-going Governor of Ogun State-Senator Ibikunle Amosun CON, for all the good works his administration has done. The Synod thanked him and his amiable wife, Her Excellency, Mrs Olufunso Amosun for the unflinching support to the Diocese, especially when the diocese hosted the Standing Committee of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion). The Synod also appreciates the undaunted contributions of the outgoing Deputy-Governor, Chief (Mrs) Yetunde Onanuga, the Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa and other members of the State Executive Council. As we congratulate the Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa for surviving a ghastly motor accident, we commiserate with the government of Ogun State, on the death of Prince Adeniyi Adesanya, Senior Special Assistant to the governor, who died in the same accident. The Synod also commiserates with his entire family.
The Synod congratulates and makes special appeal to Prince (Dr) ‘Dapo Abiodun MFR, the Governor-elect of Ogun State to ensure that the State is taken to higher levels. The Diocese of Egba extends her hands of fellowship to the Governor-elect and assures him of our spiritual and moral supports.
4. NATIONAL ISSUES
4.1 Yahoo/Yahoo+ imbroglio
The Synod expressed concern on the mad rush of our youths for wealth and the diabolical practices employed in achieving their nefarious activities. The Synod noted the efforts of government through various agencies such as Economic and Financial Crime Commission, (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, (ICPC), Department of State Security, (DSS), the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC), and Nigeria Police Force, (NPF) in curbing the menace which have not yielded desired results. The Synod enjoined parents, families, Churches and traditional institutions to join government in combating these evil activities in our society.
4.2 2019 General Elections
The Synod appreciates God for the success of the 2019 General Elections despite all agitations that the nation might disintegrate. It therefore congratulates President Muhammad Buhari GCFR, the Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo GCON, all elected Governors especially Prince (Dr) Dapo Abiodun MFR and Governor Ibikunle Amosun CON, Senator-elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and all other re-elected and newly elected politicians. The Synod enjoins them to shun self-agenda and pursue God’s agenda by executing people-oriented programmes and projects that are visible, tangible, durable and available rather than vague and flimsy propaganda.
4.3 Collapsed Buildings
The Synod noted with concern the resurgence of building collapse in our major cities and towns, Lagos being the most affected. The incident had resulted in loss of many lives and a major cause of danger to the citizens. This problem is attributable to shylock landlords, building materials producers and dealers as well as public officers that are fond of taking advantage of their offices to extort money from citizens before approval could be obtained.
The Synod appealed to all tiers of Government to raise Monitoring Agencies for effective supervision of construction work and ensuring the proper application of building rules and regulations while projects are being executed.
The Synod expressed concern on the level of insecurity in the Nation. It condemned recent killings in Kajuru village, Kaduna State and in Adamawa, Borno, Katsina and Zamfara States. The Synod also noted with concern, the unabated kidnapping in the Country. It therefore urges the Federal and State governments to proactively ensure the safety of its citizenry at all times.
5. GLOBAL ISSUES
The Synod noted with deep sense of loss the various mishaps befalling the world. These include: the Buddhists attack on Rohingya Moslems in Myanmar, Islamic insurgency- Al-shabab attacks in Nairobi Kenya that left at least 20 people dead, Christchurch Mosque Shootings (New Zealand), Sri Lanka Easter Sunday Bombings that left more than 200 people dead, Fire Hazard in South Korea, Notre Dame Fire in France, cyclone Idai across the coast of Southern Africa wreaking unforgettable damages, recent plane crash of the Ethiopian Airline boeing 737 leaving all 157 passengers and crew members on Board dead; as well as agitations by world powers (USA, Russia, North Korea and China) that might shake the world economic development negatively. The Synod therefore enjoins all to rise and cry to God to save the world from the ravaging catastrophes.
The Synod appreciates the successes recorded through the redistribution of the Diocesan Agricultural Ventures into manageable farms. These farms are duly registered with Corporate Affairs Commission with separate Managing Directors having these registered names: The Egba Dove Farms, Efon-Adanri; Henry Townsend Farms, Opeji; John Buckley Wood Agro-Ventures, Opeji; Egba-Anglo-Faith Farms, Egba Missionary Agro-Ventures and Egba Kristo Cradle Agricultural Ventures. It is hoped that the activities of these farms will further contribute to the food basket of the Nation and also provide employment opportunities to our teeming youth.
However, the frequent bombardment of cattle Rearers on our farmland and the lackadaisical attitude of the Government are condemned and we urge government to stop this menace outrightly.
Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Oludaisi Adekunle, Ph.D; Dip. Th.
Hon. Chief Benjamin Oludare Ogunmodede, LL. B; B. L
Ven. Folarin Ayodeji Olukunmi Adekunle, M. Div.; M. Sc.; B. L; Dip. Th.