2015 SYNOD COMMUNIQUE

DIOCESE OF LAGOS WEST (ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
1ST SESSION OF THE 6TH SYNOD
HELD AT THE
ARCHBISHOP VINING MEMORIAL CHURCH CATHEDRAL
OBA AKINJOBI ROAD, GRA, IKEJA
FROM 14TH TO 17TH MAY 2015

COMMUNIQUE

INTRODUCTION
The 1st Session of the 6th Synod of the Diocese of Lagos West, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) was held from Thursday 14th May 2015 to Sunday 17th May 2015 at Archbishop Vining Memorial Church Cathedral, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the able leadership of the Rt. Revd. Dr. James Olusola Odedeji, Lord Bishop of the Diocese of Lagos West.

The Theme of the Synod is LOOKING UNTO JESUS (Hebrews 12: 2).

1. THE THEME OF THE SYNOD
Having studied and analysed the theme of the Synod through the Bible Study Sessions, teachings and sermons, Synod concludes as follows:

(a) The issue of looking unto Jesus in Christianity is key and fundamental for the purpose of God coming to reality in our lives.
(b) Christians should realise that their lifestyle is under constant scrutiny and so must follow the example laid down by Christ in their daily lives, as preached by Paul the Apostle in 2 Cor. 6:19-20.

(c) Christians should be focused with their eyes set permanently on the life and times of Jesus Christ or face eternal damnation. They should honourGod with their bodies and not be distracted.
(d) Christians must be prayerful, knowledgeable in the Word, able to endure affliction and be good Evangelists. They should also love their neighbours.
(e) Christians should pray fervently for the Church and her Priests to ensure that they do not fail in their respective roles and positions as the Watchtower and the Watchmen.
(f) Christians should endeavour to finish well by setting good examples, living godly lives through self-denial, endurance and encouragement using the life and times of Christ as our benchmark.

2. NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE
Synod notes that pursuant to its vision the Diocese has actively pursued Youth Empowerment, aggressive Evangelism and the spiritual development of its members.

Synod notes with delight the fact that the Clergy are now being trained both locally and internationally and urges the Parishes to pay more attention to the health and welfare of their Priests and families.

STATE OF THE NATION
Synod prayed for the outgoing President of the Federation, Goodluck Jonathanand wished him well in his future endeavours whilst congratulating the incoming President General Mohammadu Buhari (Rtd) and prayed for a successful tenure of office.

1. NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Synod advises that the Report of the National Conference submitted to the outgoing President and considered by the outgoing Executive Council be given proper attention with a view to its implementation by the incoming Government.

2. NIGERIAN ECONOMY
Synod notes that more than 80% of the Nigerian populace still live below the poverty level,so Nigeria is regarded as a poor nation by the developed economies of the world. The incoming Government is therefore advised to eradicate corruption completely from our body polity and lean towards an export-oriented economy. Agriculture should be restored as the mainstay of our economy and our dependence on crude oil as our main source of revenue has to be addressed.

3. POWER SECTOR PRIVATISATION
Synod notes that the privatisation of the Power Sector in Nigeria has not improved the epileptic power supply experienced in the country and hopes that the incoming Government will find a lasting solution to this perennial problem.

4. NIGERIAN FOREIGN POLICY
Synod advises the incoming Government to review our foreign policy and to tread with caution when dealing with the super powers in this regard. Synod notes with grief the fate of Nigerians whose families and businesses suffered from the recent violent attacks in South Africa. Synod frowns at the execution of four Nigerians in Indonesia for Drug Trafficking Offences and admonishes our Foreign Missions to take more interest in the welfare of Nigerians living abroad to ensure that they are law abiding. Synod also requests the incoming Federal Government to explore new opportunities that would attract Foreign Investors to the Country.

5. POVERTY IN THE LAND
Synod views with growing concern the very high unemployment rate in the country, especially among young graduates, which has led to the current wave of insurgency, terrorism, kidnapping and internet fraud in the country. The Federal Government is urged to do something about this as a matter of extreme urgency to avoid a further deterioration of the already sorry state of affairs prevalent in our society.

6. EDUCATION SECTOR
Synod commends the Federal and State Governments for the attention paid to this Sector but cautions that emphasis must be laid on the quality and relevance of the school curricula to the present day requirements of employers of labour rather than the number of Tertiary Institutions established.

7. INSURGENCY IN THE NORTH EAST
Synod expresses deep concern over the continued plundering of this part of the country by the Boko Haram sect for the past decade. TheFederal Government, the Military as well as the Governments of Chad and the CameroonRepublics are commended for their joint effort in curbing this menace and Synod implores the Federal Government to eliminate the environment which has allowed this menace to thrive.

8. CORRUPTION: OUR NATION S STRONGEST ENEMY
Synod notes that corruption has now become a way of life in Nigeria. The incoming Federal Government is therefore called upon to ensure that the various anti-corruption agencies are allowed to function effectively. All the issues surrounding missing monies from the various Government Agencies and bodies should be addressed by the incoming Government with a view to recouping the missing funds.

9. 2015 GENERAL ELECTION
Synod commends the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) under the able leadership of Professor Attahiru Jega for a job well done and advises the Federal Government to improve on the electoral system to make for greater acceptability both locally and internationally.

10. CHIBOK GIRLS-ONE YEAR AFTER
Synod notes that one year after the abduction of 219 female students of Federal Government Girls� College Chibok in Borno State from their Hostel they are yet to be rescued. As we continue to console the parents and guardians of these abducted girls, we call on the incoming administration to make the rescue of these girls a priority.

11. IMPEACHMENT: CORRECTIVE OR DESTRUCTIVE MEASURE
Synod notes that the impeachment provisions in the 1999 Constitution as amended have been applied arbitrarily to an absurd extent. It therefore urges restraint in their future use to ensure that such provisions are employed for the purposes they are meant to serve as stipulated in the Constitution.

12. NIGERIAN JUDICIARY
Synod observes that the Judiciary holds the balance between the high and low in the society. Therefore Synod urges the fair application of the law to all irrespective of status. The introduction of plea bargaining into our criminal justice system should be applied reasonably, so as to erase the impression that the judiciary is discriminating in its application.

13. LAGOS STATE
Synod congratulates Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on his election as Governor of Lagos State. Synod commends the leadership qualities of the outgoing Governor Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, which reflected in the bold and improved development witnessed in most sectors of the State. Synod also recommends the exemplary drive of Governor Fashola and his team to the incoming Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode. Synod further admonishes the new administration in Lagos State to take advantage of the new Federal/Lagos State political alignment, whilst imploring the Governor to ensure that the State is governed in such a way that all residents of the State are made to feel welcome and have a sense of belonging.

14. THE WORLD TODAY
Synod notes with concern that even though the world is in crisis today socially, economically and politically all these are signs that the second coming of Christ is imminent. All Nations must therefore look unto Jesus.

Synod enjoins the world leaders to seriously regulate the proliferation of arms, nuclear and chemical armament so that the insurgents and terrorists do not wipe out humanity.

CONCLUSION
The Synod appeals to Nigerians to support all the Governments in the Federation through prayerful submission to God by looking unto Jesus who is the author and the finisher of our faith and who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame and was set down at the right hand of the Throne of God (Hebrew 12:2.)

THE VEN TOPE ADEWUNMI
CLERICAL SYNOD SECRETARY

MRS OLATEJU AKINDOLIRE
LAY SYNOD SECRETARY

THE RT. REV JAMES OLUSOLA ODEDEJI
DIOCESAN BISHOP

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