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COMMUNIQUÉ / RESOLUTION OF THE FIRST SESSION OF THE THIRD SYNOD OF THE DIOCESE OF UDI (ANGLICAN COMMUNION) HELD FROM WEDNESDAY 10TH – SUNDAY 14TH JUNE, 2015 AT ST. PAUL’S CHURCH, IDEDU AMOKWE.


PREAMBLE:
WHEREAS the First Session of the Third Synod of the Diocese of Udi (Anglican Communion) was held at the St. Paul’s Church Idedu, Amokwe; the Synod was presided over by the Diocesan Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Chijioke A. Aneke on the theme “Go and Make Disciples of all Nations.” Matt. 28:19-20. The Synod was duly constituted and made up of the House of Bishop, the House of Clergy and the House of Laity, representing all the Parishes and Church organizations in the Diocese. After exhaustive deliberations on the Bishop’s charge, the Bible Study and Various Committee Reports and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Synod rose with the following Communique / Resolutions.
  1. GRATITUDE TO GOD
    The Synod expresses her sincere gratitude to Almighty God for His inspiration and guidance in making the First Session of the Third Synod of the Diocese a success.
  2. GRATITUDE TO THE BISHOP
    The Synod expresses her profound gratitude to the Bishop and commends the profound, incisive, inspiring, visionary expository, erudite, dynamic and energetic manner he spiritually presented the Presidential Address / Bishop’s Charge and his choice of this year’s Theme “Go and Make Disciples of All Nations.”
  3. GRATITUDE TO THE DIOCESAN WOMEN PRESIDENT
    The Synod congratulates the Diocesan Women President, Mrs. Comfort O. Aneke (Nne Udo) and the Women Ministry on their massive move towards the development of the Diocese both Spiritually and Materially.
  4. GRATITUDE AND APPRECIATION
    The Synod appreciates and is thankful to God for the Synod Guest Preacher Ven. Professor Chinedu Ositadinma Nebo the former Minister of Power of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He brilliantly and spiritually dealt with the said Theme. The Synod is also immensely appreciative of Ven. Ernest Okechukwu Onuoha, Rector of Ibru International Ecumenical Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State who professionally and scholarly co-ordinated the Bible Study as well as the sermons. The Synod further expresses its gratitude to Ven. Prof. Ernest Onwuasoigwe Provost of College of Medicine University of Nigeria who was represented by Dr. Obinna Arinze for his inspiring and revealing presentations on issue of eye health, particularly glaucoma and cataract and their link with diabetes. The Synod was pleased with the Bishops who came to show solidarity with the Diocese and the Diocesan. More significant is the visit of the Archbishop of the Enugu Ecclesiastical Province and Bishop of Enugu Diocese, His Grace Most Rev’d Dr. E. O. Chukwuma OON. The Synod is also grateful to the Amokwe Archdeaconry and in particular St. Paul’s Church Idedu Amokwe for successfully hosting the First Session of the Third Synod of the Diocese of Udi (Anglican Communion). It also expresses its gratitude to the secretariat, led by Ven. T. N. Igwenagu, the mass media, security agencies, kitchen, visitors from sister Dioceses, friends and well wishers who generously donated for the various projects of the Diocese.
  5. THEME OF THE SYNOD
    The Synod is grateful to God for the choice of this year’s Synod Theme “Go and Make Disciples of all Nations.” Matt. 28:19. There is no doubt that the Theme was chosen under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and it is most appropriate at this time when believers are not eager to witness and evangelize to others as the Apostles of old did in their own time. This well researched Theme which was brilliantly and eloquently delivered has shown that it is a call for all believers both ordained and lay to answer this Great Commission knowing that the one who calls is the one who equips and the one who sends is the one who goes before as captain to see that the task is accomplished.
  6. DIOCESAN NEWS
    The Synod expresses gratitude to God for the wonderful achievements of the Diocese which include.
    • The successful completion of its Second Synod.
    • Planting of Churches; dedication of our Cathedral, Cathedral Church of Emmanuel, Umuabi and our Bishop’s court by the Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria The Most Rev’d Dr. N. D. Okoh.
    • Ordination of Priest and continuous aggressive Evangelism and Mission. The Synod is grateful to the entire women of Udi Diocese for the massive support they give to the Diocese and to their President and urges them not to relent in their good work.
    The Synod urges believers to form the habit of witnessing and evangelizing to others with their substance.
  7. PROVINCIAL NEWS
    The Synod congratulates His Grace, the Most Rev. Dr. Emanuel Olisa Chukwuma (OON) for successfully hosting the Church of Nigeria General Synod.
  8. STATE OF THE NATION
    The Synod thanks the Almighty God for seeing Nigeria through the recently concluded 2015 election in the country. The Synod heartily congratulates our new President His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari and his Deputy Prof. Yemi Osibanjo on their victory at the polls. The Synod enjoins all Christians and all Nigerians to continually uphold them and their new administration in prayer for better Nigeria. The Synod admonishes the President to be weary of Sycophants who are little foxes that destroy good governance. The Synod highly commends the immediate past President Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for his exemplary show of statesmanship by his willingness to relinquish power without struggling. The Synod prays the Almighty God to show Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan mercy even as he (Goodluck) showed mercy to Nigeria and Nigerians. The Synod notes with dismay the frequency with which our elected politicians defect with alacrity from one party to another which is unhealthy for our society. The Synod notes that section 68 (1) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria would have curtailed the tide if not for the proviso under the same section of the constitution. The Synod therefore calls for the expunging of the proviso under section 68 (1)(g) of our constitution. The Synod encourages the electorate to exercise their rights under section 69 of 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria to check the excesses of their irresponsible representatives. The Synod commends the effort of the Military in containing the excesses of insurgents / Boko Haram in the North East of the Country. The Synod implores the Military not to relent until the abducted Chibok girls are rescued.
  9. ENUGU STATE
    The Synod heartily congratulates the newly elected Governor of Enugu State His Excellency Lawrence Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Gburugburu) and his Deputy Barr. (Mrs.) Cecilia Ezeilo for their victory at the polls and their inauguration. The Synod admonishes the Governor and his deputy to make God the bedrock of their administration for them to excel. The Synod notes with dismay the inconclusive return of Schools to the Missions by the immediate past administration. The Synod implores State Government to urgently conclude the pending issue of handover of Schools to their original owners, following the good example of other sister states. The Synod urges Enugu State Government to empower our teaming youths by creating jobs for them by resuscitating our dilapidated industries which include Oji River Thermal Station, Sunrise Flour Mill Emene, Niger Steel Emene, Cashew Industry Oghe, Niger Gas Emene etc.
  10. ISSUES OF SERIOUS CONCERN
    The Synod notes that it would be tragic for our generation to neglect this marching order to “Go and Make Disciples of All Nations” and yet hope to get everlasting life in heaven.

The Synod therefore warns all believers to be on guard not to neglect this Great Commission that is witnessing and evangelizing to the world that is reaching the lost for Christ, making disciples of all nations, all peoples, all ethnic groups, all tribes and all races.

Rt. Rev. Chijioke Augustine Aneke(JP).
Bishop, Diocese of Udi.

COMMUNIQUE / RESOLUTIONS OF THE SECOND SESSION OF THE THIRD SYNOD OF THE DIOCESE OF UDI (ANGLICAN COMMUNION) HELD FROM WEDNESDAY 8TH – SUNDAY 12TH JUNE 2016 AT THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF EMMANUEL,UMUABI.

PREAMBLE
WHEREAS the Second Session of the Third Synod of the Diocese of Udi (Anglican Communion) was held at the Cathedral Church of Emmanuel Umuabi; the Synod was presided over by the Bishop, The Rt. Rev.Chijioke Augustine. Aneke, who dwelt on the theme: ‘Witnessing for Christ’ Acts 1:8. The Synod was duly constituted and made up of Diocesan Officials, including the House of Bishop, the House of Clergy and the House of Laity. After exhaustive deliberations on the Bishop’s Charge, the Bible Study and various Committee reports and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Synod rose with the following communiqué / resolutions.
  1. GRATITUDE TO GOD
    The Synod expresses sincere gratitude to the Almighty God for his inspiration and guidance in making the Second Session of the Third Synod of the Diocese a success.
  2. GRATITUDE TO THE BISHOP
    The Synod expresses profound gratitude to the Bishop, Rt. Rev. C. A Aneke for his choice of this year’s Theme, ‘Witnessing for Christ’ and commends the lively, inspiring , visionary, erudite, dynamic and energetic manner by which he spiritually presented the presidential address / Bishop’s Charge.
  3. GRATITUDE TO THE DIOCESAN WOMEN PRESIDENT
    The Synod congratulates the Diocesan Women President, Mrs. Comfort O. Aneke (Nne Udo) and the Women Ministry on their massive move towards the development of the Diocese both spiritually and materially and urges them not to relent in their good works.
  4. GRATITUDE AND APPRECIATION
    The Synod is highly grateful to the Synod Guest Preacher Rt. Rev Ken Ifemene, Bishop of Ikwo Diocese who did a wonderful exposition of the Synod Theme. The Synod is also immensely appreciative of Rt. Rev Johnson Onuoha, Bishop of Arochukwu/Ohofia Diocese for professionally and scholarly co-ordinating the bible study. The Synod gives thanks to God for the testimony of Ven. Onyemachi Okafor Oko from the Diocese of Asaba and implores members of the Diocese to take seriously the revelations and message in that testimony. The Synod is pleased with the Bishops who came to show solidarity with the Diocese and Diocesan. More significant, the visit of the Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province and Bishop of Enugu Diocese , His Grace Most Rev Dr E.O Chukwuma (OON), the Archbishop of Province of the Niger and Bishop of Aguata Diocese, Most Rev C.U. Efobi and the former Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Enugu, Most Rev. Dr. A. A. Madu. The Synod is also grateful to the Cathedral Deanery, the Administrator of the Deanery Rev. Canon O.V. Chukwuemeka, all the Workers and members of the Local Organizing Committee for successfully hosting the Second Session of the Third Synod of the Diocese of Udi (Anglican Communion). The Synod also expresses its gratitude to the Secretariat, led by Ven. T.N Igwenagu, the Mass Media, Security Agencies, Kitchen Unit, Visitors from sister Dioceses, friends and well wishers who generously donated for the various projects of the Diocese.
  5. CONDOLENCE
    The Synod condoles with the family of late Sir. Reginald Eneasato who was actively involved in the Synod preparation as the Chairman of the publicity sub-committee of the LOC and had already sent in pages of goodwill message before he was brutally murdered by unknown gun men some weeks before the Synod.
  6. THEME OF THE SYNOD
    The Synod is grateful to God for the choice of this year’s Synod Witnessing for Christ, Acts 1: 8. There is no doubt that the theme was chosen under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and it is most appropriate at this time when believers are not eager to witness and evangelize to others as the Apostles of old did in their own time. This well researched theme which was brilliantly and eloquently delivered has shown that it is a challenge to all believers both ordained and lay to answer this clarion call knowing that the one who calls is the one who equips and the one who sends is the one who goes before as captain to see that the task is accomplished. The Synod appreciates the Central planning Committee, led by Sir. Steve Ezenwa for their untiring effort sacrifice dedication to duty and prays that the Almighty and will strengthen them for greater tasks ahead.
  7. DIOCESAN NEWS
    The Synod expresses gratitude to God for the impressive achievements of the Diocese which include:-
    • Planting of Churches
    • Ordination of Priests and Deacons.
    • Aggressive evangelism and mission.
    • The fencing project going on at Holy Child Convent Nachi which will help to raise the image of the school.
    • The renovation of dilapidated structures at Udi Anglican Technical College, Udi.
    The Synod urges believers to form the habit of witnessing and evangelizing to others both at home and their places of work. The Synod commends the A.Y.F for successfully inaugurating the Udi Diocesan Council of A.Y.F and Investiture of the Bishop and his wife as the National Patron and Grand Patron of the Udi Diocesan Council of the Organization. The Synod also commends the Anglican Communion Brigade of Udi Diocese for the successful inauguration and decoration of the Bishop and his wife as the Grand Patron and Deputy Grand Patron respectively. The Synod appreciates the Udi chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for appointing the Bishop as their Patron and prays God to strengthen the Bishop in carrying out these assignments.
  8. NIGERIAN NATION
    The Synod notes with dismay that one year into the present administration the plight of the citizenry instead of improving has worsened greatly and therefore implores the government at all levels to ameliorate the pains of the common man. The Synod recommends the creation of State Police to contain the increasing societal vices like the menace of Fulani Herdsmen and other security challenges. The Synod denounces the attempt of the National Assembly to legislate on creation of grazing reserves and ranches across the nation as the rearing of cattle is a private business just like poultry or piggery farming. The Synod commends the Governor of Ekiti State for his courage to barn the activities of the Fulani Herdsmen in his state and enjoins other Governors in the country to emulate him. The Synod enjoins the Federal Government and the people of Niger Delta to embrace dialogue with a view to finding permanent solution to the crisis ravaging the area in the interest of Nigeria. The Synod enjoins the Federal Government to be equitable and respect the Federal Character Provisions in our constitution in appointment to Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government. The Synod while commending the Federal Government’s fight against corruption urges that money refunded should be tied to specific projects The Synod encourages the youths in the country to explore possible means of self employment since the Government cannot adequately provide jobs for the teaming population
  9. ENUGU STATE
    The Synod congratulates the Governor 0 Enugu State Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Gburugburu) and the Government of Enugu State for their one year in office. The Synod commends the Governor for his pro-active measures during the Nimbo crisis in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area and urges him to further implement the recommendation of the Commission of Inquiry set up to investigate the crisis . The Synod urges the Governor to take disposal action on the issue of the handover of schools to the Missionaries.
  10. ISSUES OF SERIOUS CONCERN
    The Synod notes with dismay the deplorable condition of roads in the South-East and urges the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in that respect. In view of the urgency of the Synod Theme the Synod urges every member of the Diocese to take seriously the task of witnessing for Christ in order to win more souls and beat back the tide of evil in the society. The Synod finally commends the Bishop for setting up a monitoring and implementation committee that will see to the realization of the expectations of the Bishop’s Charge and urges him to see that the committee expedites action.
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    Rt. Rev. Chijioke Aneke
    Bishop Diocese of Udi
        

COMMUNIQUÉ/RESOLUTION OF THE THIRD SESSION OF THE THIRD SYNOD OF THE DIOCESE OF UDI (ANGLICAN COMMUNION) HELD FROM WEDNESDAY 7TH – SUNDAY 11TH JUNE, 2017 AT ST. MATTHEW’S CHURCH UMUAGA.

PREAMBLE:
WHEREAS the Third Session of the Third Synod of the Diocese of Udi (Anglican Communion) was held at St. Matthew’s Church Umuaga, the Synod was presided over by the Diocesan Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Chijioke A. Aneke (JP) as led by the Holy Spirit on the Theme “Giving: Indispensable
For Mission and Evangelism” .
The Synod was duly constituted and was made up of the Diocesan officials, the House of Clergy and the House of Laity representing all the Parishes and the Church Organizations in the Diocese. The Synod, after due conduct of its business, rose with the following communiqué/resolutions.
  1. Gratitude to God:
    The Synod is immensely grateful to the Almighty God for the successful conclusion of the Third Session of the Third Synod of the Diocese of Udi.
  2. Gratitude to the Bishop:
    The Synod appreciates and commends the Bishop on the lucid, visionary, purposeful and dynamic manner he spiritually presented the Presidential Address/Bishop’s charge and his choice of this year’s theme “Giving: Indispensable for Mission and Evangelism”.
  3. Gratitude to the Diocesan Women President:
    The Synod commends the doggedness of the Diocesan Women President Mrs. Comfort O. Aneke “Nne Udo” and the Women Ministry on their evangelism, capacity building, projects and donations.
  4. Gratitude and Appreciation:
    • The Synod is highly grateful to the Guest Preacher Rt. Rev. Henry Okechukwu Okeke, the Bishop of Diocese of Mbamili in the Ecclesiastical Province of the Niger, who explores the theme of the Synod. He scholarly and spiritually dealt with the Synod theme. The Synod is also immensely appreciative of Evangelist Nnamdi Ezeh who handled the Bible study during the Session. His handling of the Bible study was both scholarly and spiritually edifying.
    • The Synod further expresses its gratitude to Mr. Tobechukwu Charles Ezechukwu and Dr. Chinedum S. Aranotu for their inspiring presentations on Investment and Wealth Creation and Health and related Issues respectively during the teaching sessions, and prays God to continue to guide, protect and replenish them bountifully.
    • The Synod was pleased with the Bishops who came to show solidarity with the Diocese and the Diocesan especially to the Archbishop of the Enugu Ecclesiastical Province and Bishop of Enugu Diocese His Grace the Most Rev’d. Dr. E. O. Chukwuma OON and former Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province and Bishop of Oji River Diocese Most Rev. Dr. A. A. Madu.
    • The Synod expresses sincere gratitude to Umuaga Archdeaconry particularly the host Parish St. Matthew’s Church Umuaga, for successfully hosting the Third Session of the Third Synod of the Diocese of Udi (Anglican Communion).
    • The Synod appreciates the secretariat, led by Ven. T. N. Igwenagu, Mass Media, Security Agencies, Kitchen, visitors from sister Dioceses, friends and well wishers who generously donated for the various projects being carried out within the Diocese.
  5. Theme of the Synod:
    The Synod is most grateful to God that the choice of this year’s Synod theme: “Giving: Indispensable for Mission and Evangelism” is apt and chosen under the direction of the Holy Spirit especially now when many believers are not willing to give freely for Mission and Evangelism as first demonstrated by God Almighty and also the Apostles of old during their time. It has been a clarion call on all and sundry on issue of giving for Mission and Evangelism which was previously dealt on past Sessions of this Synod year with the themes “ Go and make Disciples of All Nation” (Matthew 28:19), “Witnessing For Christ” (Acts 1:8). The Synod charges all Christians to give because it is a command (Exodus 35 & Luke 6:38) from God with bountiful benefit such as intimacy with God, security in God, freedom to the souls, increase to the giver etc. The Synod calls on Christians to reconsider how they have fared in giving for God’s work; to deliberately upgrade the level of their giving and to decide to willingly and joyfully let go of their substance for the spread of the gospel and support servants of God and further warns that if we refuse this appeal which is disobedience to the will of God that sooner than later, we might lose control of those wealth and the riches due to old age or death, and others will manage it or squander all the possession we have laboured for. Finally, the Synod urges us to store our treasures in Heaven, now we have the opportunity where neither old age nor death can affect it.
  6. Diocesan News:
    The Synod expresses gratitude to God for the giant achievements of the Diocese, it’s the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our sight. These include:
    • The successful completion of its Third Session of the Third Synod.
    • Trinity Ordination and dedications.
    • Upgrading of Bethany Hospital and Maternity.
    • Production of DIOU Table Water and Sachet Water.
  7. State of the Nation:-
    • The Synod prays the Almighty God to heal our President Muhamadu Buhari, bring him back safely and grant him the courage to accept that the pressure of governance is too heavy for his health at this time.
    • The Synod laments that our country Nigeria is at cross- roads “it is no longer at ease in this dispensation and the center cannot hold”. (Prof. Chinua Achebe).
    • The Synod calls on every well meaning Nigerian especially Christians to fast and pray for the country.
    • The Synod enjoins Christians to humble themselves and live a righteous life and never cease to witness for Christ so that God will fight our battle and quell the storm of confusion, injustice and insincerity in the land.
  8. Enugu State:
    • The Synod heartily congratulates the Governor of Enugu State, His Excellency Hon. Lawrence Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Gburugburu) and his Deputy Barr. (Mrs.) Cecilia Ezeilo for their two years in office.
    • The Synod commends the Governor in the area of road construction and road rehabilitation.
    • The Synod notes with delight the road network presently ongoing in Nsukka Urban which is of high quality.
    • The Synod commends the Governor for his quick intervention on the Ninth Mile, Udi, Oji-River, Ugwuoba road which removed the stress on that road occasioned by unprecedented degradation.
    • The Synod urges him to expedite action on the completion of the handover of Schools to the Mission (Anglican Communion) to ensure adequate provision and supervision of quality education.
    • The Synod commends the Deputy Senate President His Excellency Ike Ekweremadu for the work in progress on the Nkwoagu/Umuabi/Cathedral road and enjoins him to ensure adequate quality supervision and speedy completion of the project.
    • The Synod also urges him to consider the rehabilitation of Agbaogwugwu/Isuawa/Obinagu road which are impassable due to erosion thereby making these communities inaccessible through Umuabi.
    • The Synod note with dismay epileptic power supply from the Enugu Electricity Distribution company (EEDC) and enjoins both the government and this organization to actualize their promise of steady power supply to the people of Enugu State and its environs.
    • The Synod is delighted by the promptness with which the State employees are paid monthly and prays the Governor to extend the gesture to Local Government workers.
    • The Synod notes with dismay the unwarranted disrespect and gross inhuman treatment meted to the pensioners “Elder Statesmen” each time they are summoned for verification exercise and prays His Excellency for immediate attention for these aged and sickly pensioners.
    • The Synod notes with dismay the impromptu electioneering campaign commenced now in earnest notwithstanding that election is still two years ahead.
    • The Synod implores His Excellency not to be distracted with such campaign but to continue with his good governance and credible leadership.
  9. Issues of Serious Concern: The Synod seriously frowns at the attitude of members of the Diocese in giving and charges them to upgrade their method of giving, since it is a command from the Lord, and is indispensable for mission and evangelism.
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Rt. Rev. Chijioke Aneke
Bishop Diocese of Udi