May 9, 2018 Written by 

A COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE 7TH BIENNIAL WOMEN CONFERENCE HELD AT THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF EMMANUEL MGBIDI, DIOCESE OF ORU

A COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE 7TH BIENNIAL WOMEN CONFERENCE HELD AT THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF EMMANUEL MGBIDI, DIOCESE OF ORU IN THE OWERRI ECCLESIASTICAL PROVINCE, IMO STATE FROM 12TH -15TH APRIL 2018 WITH THE THEME “CAN JESUS BE SEEN THROUGH YOUR LIFESTYLE?

 (ACT 11:26)”.

The Women conference extols the name of the Almighty God for his Great mercies, favour, peace, love and protection to all the members of Oru Diocese and their Families even at this difficult period of our country.

The women conference delegates expressed immense gratitude to the Diocesan and Patron of the Women and Girls` Ministry; His Lordship the Rt. Rev d G.N. Chukwunenye (PhD) and his wife, our own scholastic and Godly Mummy, the President of the Women/Girls’ Ministry,Dr. (Mrs.) J.N Chukwunenye (Mama Oru) for their all compassing fore-sight to move the Diocese forward.

The delegates appreciate in a special way, the presence of the Archbishop’s wife,other sixteen (16) Bishops Wives and all the delegates from 35 sister Dioceses.

Special thanks also goes to all our resource persons, Chairpersons, special guests and our Diocesan friends from Lagos and all those who in one way or the other imparted positively to the success of the Ministry.

WHEREAS:

     The theme of the woman conference “Can Jesus be seen through your lifestyle?” (Acts, 11:26) is very apt at the moment as was seen in the life of the early believers at the city of Antioch, when they were derogatorily called Christians because “all they did and said were Christ –like; even in the midst of moral decadence and spiritual decline that existed in their time.

This theme is timely and apt for this generation of Christians that are hypocritical in their way of life, who say one thing and do the contrary. What we profess now is the direct opposite of what the earlier believers stood for.

  1. Therefore, the delegates expect every woman to live a life that will showcase the lifestyle of Christ and become a good teacher of the word to her children by knowing the bible and live by it. Delegates were challenged with this question “Can Jesus be seen in yourlifestyle? The delegates challenged every woman to win at least a soul yearly because the heartbeat of Jesus is Evangelism(Matt 28vs 20),if not, the essence of the conference theme would not have an impact.The conference advised all the women to be passionate about their faith and live a lifestyle that would attract unbelievers and bring back backsliders to the faith. Moreover, the women were urged to uphold the cherished Christian virtues of marriage and child upbringing.
  2. The Women conference joined hands with the Mothers’ Union Church of Nigeria to unequivocally condemn the harassment, intimidation and dehumanization of people from South East Zone whose agitation is as a result of deliberate marginalization.
  3. The conference delegates also support the Christian community for standing up to ensure the revision of the Secondary School Curriculum where the Christian Religious Studies would have been merged with social studies, Islamic studies as civic education instead of a core subject.
  4. The conferencelend their voiceto the Standing Committee meeting of Church of Nigerian as they bemoan the complicity of the Federal Government to the despicable acts of the fulani herdsmen and advocate for the establishment of cattle ranches in line with world standard practice and not grazing colonies as presently advocated by the federal government.

Also they vehemently reject the ceding of any portion of their land to fulaniherdsmen under any guise. The women stated categorically that cattle rearing is a private business and should be treated as such.

  1. The conference delegates observed with dismay the increased rate of insecurity in Nigeria with the alarming number of internally displaced persons (IDPS)throughout Nigeria. Therefore the delegates called on the federal government to take urgent steps to help rehabilitate them, provide basic amenities and ensure that their number does not increase. Therefore, the delegates called on everyone to be security conscious in order not to be caught unawares
  2. In like manner, the delegates frowned at the impunity whereby young girls are abducted by terrorists and appealed to federal government to expedite effort to ensure the unconditional release of those still in captivity. They also appealed to good spirited individuals to come to their aids and they beckon onthe church to always pray for them and render any possible help especially to the young Christian girl LiyaNathan Sharibu who defended her faith even at the risk of her life. In the same vein,the delegates looked at some of nagging issues bedeviling the Nation today, such as; the youths being lured into slavery or prostitution to foreign countries through inhuman routes at the peril of their lives in search of the elusive Golden Fleece: the constant fuel crisis with consequent hike in prices of essential commodities and services unabated. Hence, the delegates appealed to the Federal Government of Nigeria to come up with lasting measures that will ease the sufferings of the masses.
  3. The conference delegates unanimously agreed that most of the sectional problems or agitations prevalent in the country today are hinged on the non-release of the 2014 National conference resolutions which is believed to have proffered solutions to all the burning issues facing the Nation today. The delegates therefore, called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to revisit the outcome of the National Conference and use it as a base for restructuring which the people are clamoring for.
  4. The women Conference delegates appealed to all and sundry to be environmentally friendly with regard to clearing drainages to avert flood disaster as experienced some years ago. They equally advised the citizens to ensure proper disposal of waste to avoid blocking the water channels.

 

                                         COMMUNIQUE GROUP

  1. Lady EbereAnuonye
  2. Mrs.IjeomaOkeke
  3. Mrs.ChimezieNnaoma
  4. Lady Monica Nwairo
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