COMMUNIQUÉ AND RESOLUTIONS ISSUED AT THE END OF THE 2ND SESSION OF THE EIGHT SYNOD OF THE ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF IDEATO, HELD FROM THURSDAY APRIL 29,  TO MAY 2, 2021 AT THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF ST. PETER NDIAWA, ARONDIZUOGU, IDEATO NORTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, IMO STATE. WITH THE THEME; "BEHOLD, I AM DOING A NEW THING" (ISAIAH 43:19).

 

1. The Synod welcomes His Lordship, the Rt. Revd. Henry Okechukwu S. Okeke, his wife, Mrs. Julie Okeke, (Nneife) and family to the Diocese of Ideato and prays God to use them mightily for the overall development of the Diocese and the Nation, spiritually and otherwise.

 

2. The Synod appreciates His Lordship, the Rt. Revd. Henry Okechukwu S. Okeke, for the choice of the theme for his first Synod in Ideato Diocese, which is the 2nd Session of the 8th Synod. Theme, "BEHOLD, I AM DOING A NEW THING" taken from the book of Isaiah 43:19, is a message of hope and is apt at a time like this as it reassures us that God is about to change and is indeed already changing the ugly situation in our country for the better.

We are enjoined to desist from our current state of lamentation and look unto God as He is the Author and the Finisher if our fate and He honours His word above His name.

 

3. The Synod is enthralled by the ways and actions of the Diocesan. "Where there is no vision, the people perish". 

The Diocesan without waste of time packaged a vision for the next five years tagged " VISION 2025 (OHAZURUME)" .

The Synod enjoins the people of Ideato to identify with the vision and drive same to a successful end.

 

4. The Synod commends the Governor of Imo State for the on-going road projects in the state and passionately requests that he intervenes positively in the World Bank road projects and electrification projects which have suffered neglect as same had already been approved by the previous administration.

 

5. The Synod reminds President Muhammadu Buhari, of the statement which he made on the day of his inauguration;"   I am for everyone, I belong to nobody" and sadly points out that his body language and actions have betrayed that statement which was supposed to portray a stance of impartiality.

The Synod further notes that all his actions since then have tended towards nepotism.

 

6. The Synod condemns in its entirety, the complete neglect of federal character principle in appointment of Security Chiefs, Judges of the Federal High Courts, Heads of Federal Parastatals and Agencies, etc., and notes that these glaring imbalances and exclusions are contrary to Sections 14(3), 10, 217(3) and 42 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.

 

7. The Synod frowns at the state of insecurity in the States and the Country at large and also on the attacks on our Educational Institutions which are strategically organized for premeditated purposes.

It therefore, calls on President Muhammad u Buhari, to quickly seek ways to end these and bring Nigeria back to the good old days of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s as regards academic pursuits.

 

8. The Synod condemns in its entirety, the collapses of security apparatuses in the Country. This has thrown up Banditry, Armed Herdsmen menace, Kidnapping and has also strengthened the activities of the terrorist Book Haram insurgents. 

The Synod further condemns the involvement of youth in societal vices out of frustration and unemployment and appeals to them to forgive their leaders, return to reason and remember that the house they want to pull down may one day eventually fall upon us all.

 

 

9. The Synod condemns the arbitrary killings of security personnel everywhere in the country especially the wanton killings and Arsons perpetrated in Imo State.

 

10. The Synod condemns the rife and rampant spilling of innocent blood in the country and the overheating of the polity with pre-election activities.

 

11. The Synod calls on the National and State Legislatures to enact enabling laws that would make for the preservation of our farm lands and outlaw any unlawful activity which inhabits farming and affects food security in the country as it would spell a lot of disaster because hunger, which is the consequence of such actions, will trigger off criminality and worsen the state of the economy.

 

12. The Synod enjoins all Nigerians to adhere strictly to all COVID-19 protocols in order to protect themselves and their loved ones from the deadly virus.

 

13. The Synod calls on the Federal Government to reopen the sea ports in the South-Eastern part of the country, which had been shut down for a long time, so as to boost socio-economic  activities in the area. 

 

14. The Synod commends the Government and people of Anambra State of Nigeria on the opening of the New Airport built by the state and calls on the Federal Government to reconsider its decision on the operational status of the Airport and designate it as an international Airport as was earlier intended because the Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

 

15. The Synod condemns the selective and staggered payment of salaries and pensions, non-payment of retirement benefits and the removal of bonafide staff from the payroll of Imo State (labelling them as ghost workers) and calls on the Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma, to treat these issues with urgency they deserve in order to provide succour to its affected citizens.

 

16. The Synod calls on the Federal and State Governments to take concrete steps to resolve the issue of financial autonomy of the Judiciary and the Legislature which has resulted in a lingering strike by the staff union of the affected arms and is in turn upsetting the smooth operation of the machinery of government at all levels.