May 20, 2016 Written by 

THE COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE SECOND SESSION OF THE THIRD SYNOD OF THE DIOCESE OF ORU, CHURCH OF NIGERIA (ANGLICAN COMMUNION) HELD FROM 5TH -7TH MAY, 2016, AT EMMANUEL CHURCH UBULU, ORU-WEST L.G.A., IMO STATE.

1.       INTRODUCTION: The 2nd session of the 3rd synod of the Diocese of Oru met under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the leadership of the Diocesan, the Rt. Rev’d G.N. Chukwunenye Ph.D with his wife Dr. Mrs. J.N. Chukwunenye (Mama Oru), the President of Women and Girls ministry at Emmanuel Anglican Church, Ubulu, Oru-West L.G.A. Imo State from Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th May 2016 with the theme: “Worship not the Lord in vain” (Matt. 15:8-9). The synod has in attendance 41 Clergymen and 193 lay members and received… goodwill messages. At the end of the session, the synod issued the following communiqué.

2.       THE SYNOD THEME:

(a)     The synod x-rayed the theme “Worship not the Lord in vain” and concluded that beyond reverence, adoration, honouring and bowing down before God, worship is more of a thing of the heart and mind than a physical action and warned that any Christian whose heart is far from God worships in vain.

(b)     Synod further observed that no one can claim to have worshipped in spirit and truth if he does not feel God’s presence with him and called on Christians to develop an intrinsic attitude which will enable them to see God, recognize him and completely surrender to Him.

(c)      Synod called attention to the proper place to worship God and resolved that under the new order, the place of worship is of no consequence. It therefore called on Christians to stop offering God money and other material items without first offering God a throne in their soul.

3.       IMO STATE ECONOMY: The synod expressed surprise and disappointment at the state of insolvency of Imo State a few years after the government created the impression that Imo State was stupendously rich and adviced government to be prudent in its expenditure and to implement only projects which have direct bearing on the economic development of the state.

4.       ECONOMIC TOURS ABROAD: The synod observed that several economic tours of industrialized nations by successive governors of the state over the years have not yielded the desired benefit. We therefore adviced government to provide enabling environment for industries to take off and thrive before canvassing for partnership with industrialists because no investor will invest in a state with inadequate infrastructure.

5.       JOB, EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRIES POLICY: The synod considered the state government policy to share 3 billion naira among the 305 wards in the state to enable them set up industries in the wards as a waste of public fund because the wards do not have what it takes to run an industry. It therefore suggested that government should use the same fund to develop the Owerri industrial layout and establish seminar layouts for industrial clusters in Orlu and Okigwe zones.

6.       ROAD: The synod recalled that it had often drawn the attention of the state government to fix the roads in the Diocese to no avail and now called on the local governments of Oru West and Oru East to embark on urgent palliative measures on Orlu-Mgbidi road by the Apostolic Church Mgbidi, the stadium road and others to provide the people access roads especially during this rainy season.

7.       VIOLENCE AND CRIMINALITY: The synod observed that there had been increased incidents of violence and criminality in the country including a resurgence of movement for the rebirth of the sovereign state of Biafra and pipeline vandalism and attributed the development to aggressive actions taken mainly by frustrated youths in retaliation to a government they perceived to have no plan for their future. It therefore called on government at all levels to launch practical measures to improve the living conditions of the people as this would instill confidence in them to trust and work with the government.

8.       WAR AGAINST CORRUPTION: The Synod commended the anti-corruption crusade of President Muhammed Buhari. It strongly condemned the unprecedented dimension corruption had assumed with successive governments in the country and urged President Buhari to go beyond President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration and probe all past administrations including the one he was once the head and punish all those found guilty.

9.       INCREASE IN ELECTRICITY BILL: The Synod identified inadequate supply of electric power as the bane of development in this country and regretted that Nigerians have over the years paid for the supply of darkness. It therefore called on the Federal Government to prevail on the private owners and operators of the electricity distribution companies to ensure that they provided power that is commensurate with the new tariff demand.

10.     SCARCITY OF PETROLEUM PRODUCTS: The synod bemoaned the reversal of fortune in which after fifty six years of independence, Nigerian’s few Petroleum refineries are not functional and the arrangement to import refined products is not tidy. The synod therefore called on the Federal Government to sit up and provide the people with petrol and other petroleum products to alleviate their sufferings.

11.     RECRUITMENT OF EXERCISES OF THE GOVERNMENT: The synod expressed delight over the Federal Government declaration to employ 500,000 teachers and 10,000 Policemen this year and regarded it as a stepping stone to reduce youth restiveness in the country but cautioned the government to exhibit a high level of transparency in the recruitment exercises.

12.     CHIBOK GIRLS VS. BOKO HARAM: The synod called attention to the latest information that the Chibok girls abducted more than two years ago had been forced into marriage with Boko Haram members with an intention to raise children who would be brought up as future generation of terrorists. Synod therefore called on the Federal Government and indeed all Nigerians to step up their surveillance on Boko Haram activities and possibly adopt forensic investigation to identity and rescue the Chibok girls.

13.     FULANI HERDSMEN: Synod frowned at the impunity with which Fulani herdsmen destroy lives and property in the country citing the recent devastation of some communities in Enugu and Benue States as examples. It therefore called on governments in the South East and the Federal Government to rise to the challenge even as it called on the Federal Government to ensure the early release of Nnamdi Kalu of Indigenous people of Biafra from detention. The Federal Government should therefore obey the order of two competent courts of law which have granted him bail.

14.     RELIGIOUS PREACHING BILL IN KADUNA: The Synod criticized Governor El-Rufai’s bill on religious preaching in Kaduna state and described him as the most unqualified person to issue any license to priests of the Most High God. It therefore called on the Federal Government to break its silence on the matter and prevail on Kaduna State Government to drop this obnoxious law.

15.     OIL GLUT AND NIGERIA’S ECONOMY: The synod expressed concern over the successive inept leadership in this country which failed to deploy the huge revenue in profitable ventures. It identified the unitary form of government adopted in this country since 1966 as the major problem and called for true federalism to enable states to take control of their resources and diversify their economy.

16.     AFRICAN BRAND OF DEMOCRACY: The synod commended former President Boni Iyayi of Benin Republic for declining to re-run the presidential election after a maximum of two tenures allowed by the constitution but regretted that out of 20 longest serving leaders in the world, 10 were from Africa. It therefore called on African leaders to uphold their Countries’ Constitutional Provision with respect to limit of their tenures in office.

17.     REVALIDATION OF TINTED GLASS PERMIT: The Synod noted with regret that the current revalidation of vehicle tinted glass permit exercise which Government announced should be free now attracts a free of N18, 000. The Synod therefore called on the government especially the Police Authority to be transparent in the conduct of the exercise pointing out that even if any fee is to be charged, government should advertise it and issue receipt for the transaction.

The Rt. Revd. G.N. Chukwunenye Ph.D    The Revd. Onyema Okenyeka

Bishop                                                                 Synod Secretary

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