The 3rd Session of the 6th Synod of the Diocese of Lagos West, (Anglican Communion) held from Thursday 18th May to Sunday 21st May 2017 at the Archbishop Vining Memorial Church Cathedral, GRA Ikeja, Lagos under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and presided over by the Rt. Revd. Dr. James Olusola Odedeji, Lord Bishop of the Diocese of Lagos West.
The theme of the Synod is “ARISE, SHINE FOR YOUR LIGHT HAS COME” - Isaiah 60:1.
1. ON THE THEME OF SYNOD:
Having studied and analyzed through Bible study sessions, sermons, teachings and discussions, Synod states as follows:
a) This prophesy of Isaiah is for all times and for all generations, even though it was prophesied more than seven hundred years before the birth of Christ;
b) The theme continues to be relevant in the world today, especially in the Church of God. It is a message of hope, comfort and encouragement;
c) It is a charge to the people of God to be bold enough to take up their rightful place in the society by repenting and turning to God. Christians should be in the world but not of the world;
d) It is also a wake-up call to the Church to desist from sitting on the fence. The Church is to defend the faith through prayers and aggressive evangelism;
e) The theme is also a charge to Nigerians to shun idolatry, immorality, love of money, sectionalism, tribalism and other ills that plague the society today;
f) To be compliant with the charge, Christians must desire to overcome corrupt practices, embrace accountability, justice and fairness; seek God with commitment, walk in faith and determination; and
g) When we Arise and Shine, we shall reap the fruits of the land and enjoy eternal life.
2. NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE :
a) Synod notes, with gratitude to God, the giant strides the Diocese has taken since inception, which it continues to keep up in fulfillment of its Vision and Mission statements.
b) Synod also acknowledges, with gratitude to God, the viable projects and spiritual activities of the Women Organisation under the leadership of the amiable wife of the Lord Bishop, Mrs Lydia Olukemi Odedeji;
c) Synod congratulates the Rt. Revd Abel Ajibodu, the former Dean of the Cathedral on his election, consecration and enthronement as the Lord Bishop of Ile-Oluji Diocese. Synod also congratulates Venerable Adegoke Agara on his appointment as the Dean of our Cathedral;
d) Synod congratulates all the clergymen who have been elevated and those who have retired. Synod prays that all the retired Priests would enjoy their retirement; and
e) Synod prays for the repose of the souls of all the recently departed Priests and other members of the Diocese. May the Lord comfort the families of the departed ones.
3. CHURCH OF NIGERIA (ANGLICAN COMMUNION):
a) Synod congratulates the Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria, the Most Revd (Dr) Nicholas Okoh on his election as the Chairman of GAFCON Primates Council;
b) Synod also congratulates the new Dean of the Church of Nigeria, the Most Revd Dr. G.L. Lasebikan, the Bishop of Ondo Diocese and Archbishop of the Province of Ondo. Synod thanks the former Dean, the Most Revd Dr. Ikechi Nwosu for his services to the Church of Nigeria; and
c) Synod felicitates with the Most Revd Dr. Michael Olusina Fape, the new Archbishop of the Province of Lagos. Synod wishes the former Archbishop, the Most Revd. Professor Dada Akinde a restful retirement.
4. LAGOS STATE:
a) Synod congratulates the Government and people of Lagos State on the Golden Jubilee of the State;
b) Synod recognizes and commends the efforts of the successive Governments of Lagos State for contributing in various ways to the success story of the State;
c) Synod calls for legislation to give Lagos State special attention in recognition of its status as a mega-city, with the attendant responsibilities; and
d) Synod specifically recognizes the leadership qualities of the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and thanks His Excellency for building on the solid foundation laid by his predecessors in office.
5. STATE OF THE NATION:
a) Synod notes with sympathy, the current health challenges of President Muhammadu Buhari, and prays for his speedy recovery and permanent healing;
b) Synod thanks God for eighteen years of uninterrupted civil rule in spite of corruption, hardship, terrorism, and insecurity occasioned by bad leadership. Synod however, laments that Nigeria is yet to enjoy the dividends of democracy;
c) Synod regrets that in spite of the monumental funds available to Government, the country continues to retrogress. Synod decries the high level of corruption and wastefulness in the system;
d) Synod notes with dismay that the Legislature has relegated its core duty of making laws while it engages the Executive arm of Government in unnecessary bickering in a most embarrassing manner. Synod frowns at the enormous emoluments of the members of the National Assembly in the face of economic recession in the country. Synod therefore calls on the Legislature to review its relationship with the Executive, in order to move the country forward. Synod encourages the Legislature to concentrate more on its primary constitutional responsibility and pass laws that would improve the lot of Nigerians;
e) Synod is sad that the Judiciary can no longer be referred to as the last hope of the common man on account of the alarming rate of corruption in that arm of Government.
f) Whilst Synod recognizes the efforts of the Federal Government of Nigeria in combating the menace of corruption, it urges Government not to be discriminatory in its execution of the fight. Synod also advises the Federal Government of Nigeria to ensure better coordination amongst all the anti-corruption agencies;
g) Synod recognizes the efforts of the Federal Government of Nigeria in curbing terrorism and commends it on the recent release of some of the Chibok girls.
h) Synod commends the Federal Government of Nigeria on the speedy rehabilitation of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja and urges Government to employ the same zeal and speed in solving the epileptic electricity power supply in the country;
i) Synod advocates for technically-oriented curricula for the educational institutions in the country since the present curricula have failed in securing employment for the youths. Synod therefore encourages such curricula that will engender entrepreneurial and self-employment skills; and
j) Synod notes the parlous state of the medical facilities in both States and Federal hospitals in Nigeria and implores the Federal and State Governments to provide basic medical facilities that can aid proper and timely diagnosis of medical conditions.
4. THE WORLD TODAY:
Synod reminds the people of God to be aware of the end-time signs: wars and rumours of wars, as well as the anti-Christ movement. Synod prays for peace in the world and calls on all the people of the world to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
Synod charges all to Arise and Shine; to shift from:
Ungodliness to Godliness;
Disobedience to obedience;
so that the glory of God will reflect in our lives and on the land.
CLERICAL SYNOD SECRETARY
MRS. OLATEJU AKINDOLIRE
LAY SYNOD SECRETARY
THE RT. REVD. DR. JAMES OLUSOLA ODEDEJI
BISHOP DIOCESE OF LAGOS WEST