The 1st Session of the 7th Synod of the Diocese of Lagos West (Anglican Communion) held from Thursday 17th May to Sunday 20th May 2018 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, the Lord Bishop of the Diocese of Lagos West. The Theme of the Synod is “My Help Comes From The LORD” – Psalm 121: 2.
1. ON THE THEME OF SYNOD:
a) Synod recognizes that life’s journey is fraught with dangers necessitating HELP that only comes from God;
b) Synod admonishes Nigerians to desist from unnecessary reliance on money, position, knowledge, god-fatherism and the like;
c) Synod, in very serious terms, condemns seeking help through occult and other diabolical means;
d) Synod emphasizes that Nigerians and Christians in particular must repose their confidence in God, and by faith put themselves under His protection and care;
e) Synod assures that our God, the Maker of Heaven and Earth, is almighty, unfailing, competent to meet our needs, and bigger than all our troubles (Jeremiah 32:27);
f) Synod reaffirms confidence in God’s promise: “I am with you; be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you” (Isaiah 41:10); and
g) Synod, therefore, enjoins Nigerians to seek God first by submitting to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, pursuing righteousness and having absolute faith in God in order to benefit from the promised help.
2. NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE
a) Synod notes with satisfaction and gratitude to God that the Diocese has continued to blaze the trail in the areas of:
• youth empowerment,
• spiritual growth,
• welfare of the priests and the laity,
• physical development and
• continued education of its priests;
b) Synod congratulates the Diocese on the establishment of the Diocesan Mediation Commission and encourages members of the Diocese to take advantage of the commission in the resolution of disputes
c) Synod thanks God that the women of the Diocese continue to be vessels in His hands and formidable support in the areas of aggressive evangelism, scholarship scheme and education.
3. LAGOS STATE
a) Synod lauds the performance of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode that cuts across all strata of development index in the State;
b) Synod is hopeful that in the nearest future, the state would be a tourist and investor destination;
c) Synod lends its voice to the call for a more realistic approach on the part of the state government in the area of Land Use Charge having regard to the near comatose of the economy.
4. STATE OF THE NATION
a) Security: Synod decries the increased state of insecurity in the country and urges the Federal Government to do more in protecting life and property.
• Synod advises Government not to take lightly the allegation of possible collaboration between the killer-herdsmen and some security agencies.
• Synod calls on the Federal Government to ensure the immediate release of the remaining Chibok girls abducted since 2014.
• Synod commends the effort of the Federal Government in facilitating the quick release of the 101 abducted school girls from Dapchi.
• Synod salutes the courage of Leah Sharibu, the remaining Dapchi school girl in captivity, for not denouncing her Christian faith in the face of death;
• Synod charges the Federal Government to facilitate her immediate release.
b) Arms of Government: Synod repeats its call on the three arms of government to work harmoniously to engender good governance and improved economy.
c) Corruption: Synod recognizes the decline in perception of Nigeria as a very corrupt nation and is glad that more foreign investors are now interested in Nigeria Synod calls on government to be more convincing in the fight against corruption;
d) The Economy: Synod commends the Federal Government of Nigeria for steering the economy of the nation out of recession.
• While commending the effort of government to diversify the economy, Synod looks forward to Nigeria becoming a self-sufficient and food-exporting nation;
• Synod admonishes the Federal Government to be more prudent in the handling of the national resources and recommends reduction in the cost of governance.
• Synod applauds the passing of the 2018 budget. Nevertheless, Synod regrets the recurring delays in passing of the National budget and advocates proactivity in budget presentation and passage;
e) Health Sector: Synod is alarmed at the poor state of medical facilities in both state and federal hospitals in Nigeria and urges governments at all levels to improve on the health facilities in the country to aid proper and timely diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions within the country;
f) Education: Synod observes regrettably the high cost of education in the country and calls on government to make education more affordable.
• Synod frowns at the poor funding of education in the country and calls that education should be given the deserved priority in the National budget • Synod further calls for the encouragement of the girl-child education throughout the country;
g) 2019 Elections: While Synod notes the increased awareness and interest among Nigerians especially the youth in politics and probity of our leaders, it urges Nigerians to register and fully participate in the 2019 electoral processes to ensure that it is no longer business as usual for politicians.
5. WORLD AFFAIRS
a) Synod notes the escalating threat to world peace through the development of weapons of mass destruction and prays for lasting peace in the world.
b) Synod expresses grave concern about the issues of climate change.
c) Synod commends the efforts of the World Wildlife Foundation, WWF, and urges world leaders to find ways of reducing carbon pollution and encouraging eco-friendliness.
d) Synod notes with concern, the increase in the number of refugees and asylum seekers in the world, and is concerned about their suffering.
e) Synod prays for less conflict in the world and calls for more international support for these refugees and asylum seekers.
Synod charges all, particularly Nigerians, to:
Be ceaseless in prayer;
Be unrelenting in their faith in God;
Trust no man or material;
And in all situations put their trust in the Almighty God who is “our present help in times of trouble”. Psalm 46:1
THE REV’D CANON OLUKAYODE OREDUGBA
CLERICAL SYNOD SECRETARY
MRS OLATEJU AKINDOLIRE
LAY SYNOD SECRETARY
THE RT. REV’D DR. JAMES OLUSOLA ODEDEJI
BISHOP, DIOCESE OF LAGOS WEST