By Nick Chibunna
The 2015 Diocesan synod of the Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru, Imo State came to a successful close last Sunday at St. Andrew’s (Ang) Church, Uzoagba, with a special thanksgiving service, fund-raising for diocesan projects, re-affirmation of clergy oaths and the presentation of a new Archdeacon, Ven. Sydney Akuwudike.
In his charge on the theme of the synod; “Take away the stone: A stone for His miracle,” the Bishop, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Maduwike, posited that the stone to be removed included disobedience, unbelief, corruption and other vices.
He assured that God, in His infinite mercy, would never forsake his people as he enjoined all to have faith in Him.
Earlier in his presidential address dominated by national issues, Bishop Maduwike called on Nigerians to rise and salvage the nation in view of the deteriorated state of the Nigerian economy.
He challenged the nation’s leaders to evolve urgent policies to alleviate the hardship facing the masses as he advocated the reinstatement of agriculture as the country’s main source of national income, blaming Nigeria’s woes on the total dependence on oil.
While commending President Buhari on his anti-corruption stance, he submitted that the “change” mantra of his administration should not mean change from one party to the other but genuine transformation that would ensure equity and justice to all.
He drew the attention of the Imo State government to the poor state of roads in Imo State especially those in Ikeduru Local Government and urged Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State to keep to his promise of repairing the roads after the rains.
In his sermon at the Sunday thanksgiving service, the guest preacher, Rt. Rev. Dr. Babatunde Ogunbanwo, Anglican Bishop of Ijebu South West, noted that unbelief was the greatest enemy of the children of God, urging them not to lose faith in God in the midst of the present crisis of life.
Preaching on the theme, “Loose him and let him go” (Jn.11:44), the bishop noted that children of God are today faced with many afflictions, adding that until such barriers or afflictions are removed, they would not be free.
He listed such barriers or allocations as sink sickness, barrenness stagnation and material problems.