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CONFIRMATION ON NAME REQUIRED FOR HIS WORSHIP (MRS) AKOKO EDO

THE COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUE AT THE END OF THE MOTHERS' UNION EXECUTIVE MEETING OF THE CHURCH OF NIGERIA (ANGLICAN COMMUNION) HELD AT ALL SOULS' CHAPEL, OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY, ILE IFE (IFE DIOCESE) FROM 11TH – 14TH MARCH 2009 ON THE THEME
“THE YOUTH OF OUR CHURCH

PREAMBLE
The Mothers' Union executive congratulates the Primate of all Nigeria, Most Rev. (Dr) P.J Akinola and Mama, the President of Mothers' Union in Nigeria, Mrs. Susan Akinola on yet another epoch-making Standing Committee and Mothers' Union Executive Committee meeting and posits that the theme of the meeting is quite appropriate at a time like this when our youths need to be properly guided and integrated into our Church tradition and policy – making organs of the Church.

The Mothers' Union executive equally appreciates the presence of His Exellency, the Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse II, the vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Professor Michael Faborode and other giants of the academic profession at the opening ceremony presided over by the Primate, Most Rev. (Dr) P.J. Akinola at Oduduwa Hall, OAU. Their presence no doubt added colour to the programme.

Therefore, the delegates to the Mothers' Union Executive committee resolved as follows:

  1. The youths should be seen as functional member of the Church today and leaders of tomorrow. Therefore, they should be given necessary encouragement, support and opportunity to discover and maximize their potentials in order to sustain their interests and also benefit the Church so that they will not become “the disconnected generation”. The Church needs the youth as the youth need the Church.
  2. The Mothers' Union executive appreciates the Anglican tradition of balance doctrine and theology in the combination of parental and pastoral upbringing of the child. This is evident in infant baptism and the appointments of God-parents who are expected to join hands with the biological parents to accomplish their God-given roles on the holistic development of our children.
  3. The Mothers' Union call on all the faithfuls to initiate opportunities geared towards economic empowerment and sustainable development especially for the youths of our nation. Hence, she urges all Dioceses to harness the God-given resources within their socio-cultural milieu to ensure self-reliance and adequate human development. She also urges the Government to provide employment opportunities for the youths and reduce population progression through birth control. She prays for God's intervention on the world's economic recession.
  4. The Union decries the unwanton and incessant kidnapping and abduction even among ministers of God. She forewarns that the perpetrators of such act should desist from the ungodly act.
  5. Sexual abuse in all its forms e.g unwanted sexual attention, sexual assault and harassment like rape is condemned by the Union. All hands must be on deck to stop the menace of rape on our girl-children and suggests life imprisonments as penalty for the perpetrators of these dastardly acts.
  6. The Mothers' Union calls on all women to stop that act of willful cruelty, unjustifiable punishment, abusive language, degrading, hostile and humiliating criticisms that are manifestations of child abuse. These dehumanise the child. All children should be given equal fair treatment to make them productive and thus better our society.
  7. The Union condemns the incessant destruction of lives and properties and inhuman treatment unleashed on Christians in Nigeria especially in the recent mayhem in Bauchi and Jos in Plateau state. In effect, she calls on the Government to map out strategies that would address this agonizing situations and ensure relative peace among the various religions in our nation.
  8. The Union encourages everyone to go for regular medical check ups so as to reduce untimely death rate sequel to hypertension, kidney failure and other ailments. The habit of visiting herbal homes for health care is detrimental to human health and development.
  9. The Union encourages more teaching on our catechism and confirmation classes which will help to build up proper foundation for our children. This will mould their characters and invariably affect their mode of dressing being influenced by civilization.
  10. In conclusion, the Union condemns same sex marriage because it is unbiblical and opposes the existence of male and female procreation. It is a Western campaign sponsored to demolish African family values.

COMMUNIQUÉ GROUP

  1. Dr. (Mrs.) Joyce N. Chukwuma                   DP Enugu
  2. Mrs. G.O Oladunjoye                                   DP Owo
  3. Mrs. Yisa Alice                                             DP Minna
  4. H is Worship (Mrs.) V.E Oyekpen              DP Akoko Edo
  5. Mrs. M.O Oluyamo                           Delegate, Osun
  6. Mrs. Faith Okoye                              Delegate, Awka
  7. Mrs. Moonbeam Nwachiemere      Delegate, Umuahia
  8. Mrs. Elizabeth M. Yisa                     Delegate, Bida.

Mrs. Susan Akinola
President; Mothers' Union, Church of Nigeria, (Anglican Communion).