• Adesewa Orioye
  • May 9, 2024

PREAMBLE: All praises, honour, glory and adoration be unto God for His compassions and grace on the Diocese to hold the annual Synod despite the unpleasant happenings in the nation, such as the prevailing economic downturn, increased fuel price and scarcity, increased security challenges, and government’s inconsistent policies, many of which have brought hardships and frustration to the masses. This 2nd Session of the 6th Synod is hosted by All Saints’ Anglican Church, Apake, Ogbomosofrom Wednesday, 1st – Sunday, 5th May 2024. The theme of the Synod—Launching into the Deep—was taken from Luke 5:4. The Synod activities included the second edition of the Youth Synod Outreach, Revival, Holy Communion Service, Bible Study, Goodwill Messages, Reading and Launching of the Bishop’s Charge, and Plenary Sessions, among others. The Synod ended with a Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, 5th May 2024.

THE SYNOD THEME: The theme is LAUNCHING INTO THE DEEP. It emphasises that it is not impossible for one to labour tirelessly and be unable to achieve desired objectives or expected results. Such fruitless efforts commonly result in frustration, weariness and discouragements. In the Biblical text from where the theme is taken, Peter and his partners who are professional fishermen experienced this nature of frustration and utter despair after they had laboured all through the night without a singular catch. In this state of frustration, Peter, at Jesus’s request, released his fishing boat to Jesus Christ to preach the gospel. After using Peter’s boat, Jesus directed Peter to launch into the deep, Peter harkened, and caught a multitude of fishes. Drawing from this Biblical case example, the Synod charged delegates and everyone, first, not to be discouraged when they experience fruitless investments and labour, but they must be willing to try again and again. Secondly, they should be willing to surrender their resources for the expansion of God’s gospel. Thirdly, they must have faith and be ready to yield to God’s directives even when they seem illogical and nonsensical. When they imbibe these scriptural principles, then, they are launching into the deep and will record abundant harvest.

THE STATE OF THE NATION: The Synod recognised the turbulent times currently facing Nigeria including the worsening and unceasing political, economic and insecurity challenges. The Synod appreciated the palliatives the government introduced to alleviate the sufferings of the masses, it, however, appealed that this intervention should be effectively coordinated to achieve the desired results. More importantly, governments at all levels need to embark on more permanent solutions and policies to alleviate the sufferings of poor Nigerians. The Synod further called that the unitary system of government being practised in the country needs to give way to true federalism. Accordingly, all needed efforts should be put in place to restructure the nation.

OYO STATE: The Synod extoled Governor Seyi Makinde’s efforts in putting in place structures to ensure peace and tranquillity in Oyo State since his second term in office as well as the developmental projects being carried out in various places across the state. The Synod charged the Governor to do his best to thoroughly investigate the case of the explosion that rocked Dejo Oyelese Street, Bodija, Ibadan and hold the culprits accountable. The Synod further called on the Governor to take proactive steps against illegal and improper storage of explosives in the State to avoid future recurrence of the explosion. The Synod congratulated His Imperial Majesty, Oba Ghandi Afolabi Olaoye, Orumogege III, for his election and coronation as the Soun of Ogbomosoland. The Synod prayed that the Lord will make his reign peaceful.

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