INTRODUCTION: The 1st Session of the 8th Synod of the Diocese of Lagos West (Anglican Communion) held from Thursday 20th of May to Sunday 23rd of May 2021 at the Archbishop Vining Memorial Church Cathedral, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and presided over by the Rt. Reved. Dr. James Olusola Odedeji, the Lord Bishop of the Diocese of Lagos West.
The Theme of the Synod is “We are more than Conquerors” Romans 8: 37.
ON THE THEME OF THE SYNOD
Synod notes that the Theme “We are more than Conquerors” is a statement of faith and hope that transcends victory to being consistently and overwhelmingly victorious in Christ through the battlefield of life.
Synod admonishes that the assurance is open only to those in Christ, i.e., the obedient, those who have faith, and diligently serve and love God.
Synod encourages Nigerians, Christians, in the face of growing challenges and tribulations, not to be wearied by the current situation but to repose upon God’s eternal changelessness.
Synod admonishes all to face the enemies squarely, using the armour of holiness, obedience, positive-thinking, and praises to God (Ephesians 6; 11-18).
Synod charges Nigerians to be strong and rooted in Christ; that in the end, they shall overcome as the conquerors they are (1 John 5: 4).
NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE
Synod is grateful to God for His mercies and protection over all, especially in the face of the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic and enjoins members of the diocese to prayerfully seek the face of God, take the vaccination and observe all the non-pharmaceutical protocols.
Synod prays for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives to the pandemic, and fortitude for the relatives of the deceased.
Synod praises the Diocese for its continuing evangelical and spiritual growth.
Synod commends the many encouraging programmes of the Diocesan Women Organsation, ably led by the wife of the Diocesan, Mrs. Lydia Odedeji. Synod also prays for more successes in all their efforts.
Synod receives the cheering news of the near completion of the bishop’s court project and commends the efforts of the Diocesan and all who have contributed to the success so far.
Synod congratulates the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his team for being proactive in successfully tackling the menace of COVID-19 pandemic in Lagos State. Lagos State being the epicenter in Nigeria, had its economy severely affected both human and material, but has since moved forward.
Synod notes with commendation that despite the devastating effect of COVID-19 and the EndSARS protest, through the grace of God together with the dogged and visionary drive of the Governor, the State has continued to witness more developmental projects and infrastructure, especially in transportation.
Synod appreciates the efforts of the Governor in ridding Lagos State of criminals by banning the operations of commercial motorcycles (also known as Okadas), street begging, and street trading; Synod however encourages the Governor to do more.
Synod prays for divine wisdom and guidance for the Governor and his team.
4. STATE OF THE NATION:
Synod observes the polarization of the Nation, like never, between those who have lost hope in the unity of the nation, and those nurturing some hope that the unity is salvageable with the right leadership. Synod prays for God-inspired-amity amongst the different peoples of Nigeria so that the country can pull back from the brink of collapse.
Synod expresses grave concern on the state of insecurity in Nigeria where kidnapping, banditry, killer-herdsmen, terrorism, hoodlum activities and armed robbery are the order of the day.
Synod observes that the incidence of open grazing of cattle is a major factor in the spate of insecurity in the country.
Synod therefore supports the increased call for a ban on open grazing of cattle in Nigeria.
Synod urges the Federal Government to curtail the free movement of foreigners bearing illicit small arms and other forms of weapons across the Nigerian borders.
Regional Security Outfits
Synod observes the prevalence of the establishment of regional security outfits in Nigeria as a welcome development as a way of improving the security architecture of the country. Synod therefore calls for the amendment of the Constitution to allow for the establishment of State Police forces. Synod also calls on the State Governors to be proactive and use their security votes to serve and protect the people.
Synod decries the worsening economic situation of Nigeria where the prices of goods and services are galloping daily, making life unbearable for most of the citizenry. Synod warms that a continuation of such unacceptable situation may have grave and irreversible social consequences.
Synod urges the Federal Government of Nigeria to urgently reverse the current economic structure in Nigeria whereby the Federal Government takes most of the revenue, sharing the rest with the thirty-six States and the Local Government, which has reduced the States and the Local Government areas to beggary.
Synod further observes that there are abundant natural and agricultural resources waiting to be exploited within the States and the Local Government areas.
The Synod therefore advocates for true fiscal federalism in Nigeria where the federating units are encouraged to exploit resources within their respective units.
Synod further calls for urgent and drastic reduction in the cost of governance in Nigeria by compacting the multifarious Ministries, Departments & Agencies (MDAs), abolishing the extravagant bicameral legislative system at the Federal level, and ensuring there is an equitable recompense for elected government officials.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” Philippians 4: 8.
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