CHURCH OF NIGERIA
DIOCESE OF AMICHI
A COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE END OF THE THIRD SESSION OF THE FIRST SYNOD HELD FROMTHURSDAY, 9TH TO SUNDAY 12TH JUNE, 2011 AT EBENEZER ANGLICAN CHURCH, UNUBI.
The Synod with the theme: “Your Are The Light of the world” [Matt. 5:14] was
well constituted and presided over by the President of the Synod, The Rt. Rev.
Ephraim Okechukwu Ikeakor JP, Bishop Diocese of Amichi. He was assisted by
the Chancellor, the Legal Secretary, other Diocesan Officials and delegates both
Cleric and Laity.
The Synod commends the House of Bishops for the peaceful election of the new
Archbishop for the Province of the Niger in the person of His Grace, The Most
Rev'd.Dr. Christian Efobi, the new Dean, Church of Nigeria, The Most Rev'd. E. A.
Ademowo, the new Bishop for Diocese of Awka, The Rt. Rev'd. Dr. Alex Ibezim and
The Rt. Rev'd. Owen Nwokolo of Diocese on the Niger. The Synod congratulates and
wishes them God's guidance in their new positions to steer the ship of the
Anglican Church in Nigeria into a higher level.
The Synod equally commends His Grace, The Most Rev'd. M. S. C. Anikwenwa [OFR] and
his wife, Mrs. Blessing Anikwenwa for the good works they did in Church of
Nigeria, Province of the Niger, Diocese of Awka and beyond. The Synod wishes
them a peaceful and more fruitful years of retirement.
The Synod congratulates the Governor of Anambra State His Excellency, Mr. Peter
Obi for the peaceful conduct of election into the State House of Assembly and
also for the recruitment of the teachers in the State.
The Synod congratulates His Excellency, The President and Commander of Armed
Forces, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan [GCFR], and his Vice, Arc. Namadi
Sambo [GCON] for the peaceful and credible conduct of the general elections in
Nigeria. Your victory was a landslide as Nigerians hope that you are honest,
sincere, focused and believe that you will lead this nation into the new
promise land - Nigeria of our dream.
The Synod also congratulates the INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega and his team
of Professors who were the Returning Officers that maintained their integrity to
conduct a peaceful and most credible election in Nigeria. The Synod urges you to
maintain this tempo in future elections.
1. THE CHURCH
At the end of this Four Day Synod, this communiqué was issued as follows:
In line with the theme of the Synod “You are the Light of the world” Matt. 5:14
The Synod views the theme seriously as a challenge that every Christian cannot
afford to fail in this dark generation to illuminate, drive away darkness, reveal all hidden and secret things, warmth in a cold atmosphere in the society, reveal dangers, guide both
people and animals, gives joy, generosity to all and drives away fear. The Synod
therefore, observes that all the church leaders, preachers, Christians and
believers must GUIDE, show the LIGHT, INSTRUCT and TEACH where they are, be it
in politics, public or private service, institutions of learning etc. They must
always be seen radiating the true light from the Master, Jesus Christ.
The Synod urges the Governor to conduct a free and credible Local Government
election since a credible Voters Register is now available.The Synod urges Anambra State Government to provide its citizens with adequate security of life and property, provide more job opportunities for the army of unemployed youths. The Synod urges the State Government to provide adequate funds for the renovation of dilapidated school buildings recently handed over to their original proprietors as a matter of urgency. The Synod urges the State Government as a matter of urgency to resolve the industrial dispute between it and judiciary and health workers in the State.
3. THE NATION
The Synod condemns in the strongest terms the post election violence in some parts of Northern Nigeria that led to the murdering of innocent citizens in cold blood, burning down of churches and killing some Pastors. The Synod therefore, urges the President, and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan [GCFR] to bring the perpetrators and the sponsors to book and let them face the full wrath of law.The Synod commiserates with the Nation and the families of these fallen heroes especially members of NYSC who died while serving our fatherland.
The Synod urges the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to fulfill his electioneering campaign promises and take adequate steps to see them really fulfilled as Nigerians are watching.
The Synod urges the Federal Government to create more employment opportunities for the teaming population in the country.
The Synod urges the Federal Government to improve the power sector and beef up
security in the country. The Synod urges the Federal Government to look into the depreciating value of Naira and find a lasting solution to it.
The Synod frowns at the Jumbo Salaries and Emoluments allotted to themselves by
the members of the National Assembly. They should see themselves as servants of
the people and not masters.
4. EDUCATION SECTOR
The Synod urges both Federal and State Governments to invest more in quality education and fish out SPECIAL CENTERS close them down and prosecute the proprietors of such centers.
VEN. J.O. MADUKA [PhD] BARR. I. E. C. ALAJURUONYE,