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… As Awka Anglican Diocese marks 2020 synod

THE President of 2020 Awka Anglican Diocesan Synod, Most Reverend Alexander Chibuzo Ibezim, PhD, has called on governments at all levels to support the small scale and medium enterprises as a way of minimizing unemployment rate in Nigeria.

  Most Reverend Ibezim who is the Archbishop, Ecclesiastical Province of the Niger, and Bishop, Awka Anglican Diocese of Awka made the call while presenting his Archbishop’s Charge during the First Session of the Twelfth Synod of the Diocese, held at the All Saints’ Anglican Church Amaenyi Awka, with theme “The God of Eternal Destiny and His Major Attributes”.

  He urged leaders at various positions of authority to be proactive and just, in order to realize Nigeria’s potentials, while also lamenting that the country is in the verge of collapse, because of inactive attributes of the leaders.

  He said, “Nigeria as a nation has enormous potential which would be realized if our leaders choose to be active and just. Nigeria, right now, is on the verge of collapse. So many things are not done right. We are not sure of what is happening in the presidency. The Upper and Lower Houses are not forthcoming with reformative laws. And worst still, persons are slaughtered on daily basis as Fulani Herders and Boko Haram group terrorise the peace of the nation, yet nothing is done about it. Most of our politicians are only concerned with their selfish interests.

  “Nigeria, with its population and economic size, can attract international investors. But the scare of Boko Haram insurgencies, Fulani Herdsmen incessant and brutal attacks, and other security threats make it almost impossible to have these foreign investors in the country and it in turn affect the growth of Nigerian economy.”

  Archbishop Ibezim, who said that it is apt for the governments to support small scale businesses and finance agriculture to boost the economy of the nation, regretted that Nigerian youths have lost hope in the nation which has made them engage in various forms of social vices. He urged the Federal Government to do the needful and save the nation from, insecurity, difficulty and hardship.

   The Anglican Prelate further called for religious equity and stopping of marginalization of Christianity, Igbos and ethnic groups, commended the administration of Governor Willie Obiano for countless efforts in the development of the state, urging him not to rescind plans in further development of the state.

  Archbishop Ibezim concluded by imploring Christians to imbibe the attitude of believing God and fulfilling God’s purpose in their lives.

  In his speech, the Primate of all Nigeria, and Archbishop of Abuja Province, Most Reverend Henry Ndukuba, represented by the Bishop of Ikwo Diocese, Rt. Rev. Kenneth Ifemena, an indigene of Awka, congratulated Archbishop Ibezim and Awka Diocese and described the theme as appropriate. He charged Christians to look on to Jesus, noting that the destiny of the nation is in the hands of God.

  While accepting the Synod Charge as a working document, The Diocesan Chancellor, Justice O. J. Okeke, thanked Archbishop Ibezim for the unique presentation of the Synod Charge, stating that it would contribute bountifully to the growth of the Church and the Nigerian Society.

  On her part, the wife of the Archbishop, Mrs Chioma Ibezim, affirmed that the theme was targeted at redeeming and saving lost souls to Jesus Christ. Mrs Ibezim who is also the President, Mothers’ Union, Womens’ and Girls’ Guild , Province of the Niger and Awka Diocese reminded the Archbishop that the diocesan women were solidly behind his Episcopacy.

  This year’s synod was the first time the Diocese of Awka held the Synod in the city of Awka, outside the Cathedral since the advent of Christianity in 1900.

  The event is held annually to assess the progress of the diocese, review the laws governing each dioceses and to enact new ones as well as pointing out and tackling the challenges facing the diocese.

  The Synod which is part of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ and extending God’s Kingdom on earth, was successful as usual, with over five hundred clergymen of different ranks, over fifty bishops from various dioceses nationwide, traditional rulers, and top government officials, including the Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Prof. Charles Esimome in attendance.

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