By Gid Ahanonu
The 2016 Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru ended on a hopeful note, last Sunday, when a visiting prelate charged Nigerians not to panic over the present economic situation in the country as it must certainly elapse.
At the thanksgiving service to round off the Synod at St. John’s (Ang.) Church, Owu-Amakohia, the guest preacher, and Bishop of Ikara Diocese in Nasarawa State, Rt. Rev. Ishaya Janfalan, identified religious intolerance as the bane of Nigeria’s unity.
He urged religious activists not to force their beliefs on others and warned Christians to be cautious of their enemies out to exterminate them, urging them to be strong in prayers as God would not allow the gate of hell to prevail against his church.
According to him, the Christian community could have been wiped out but for the grace and protection of God.
He called for unity among the church groups, such as the Knights, Mothers Unions, parochial church committees and others for God to answer their prayers.
Bishop Janfalan extolled the Ikeduru Diocese for an excellent performance and attributed it to the quality leadership of Bishop Emmanuel Maduwike, with the assistance of his wife, Anuli.
He enjoined the congregation not to abandon evangelism despite challenges.
Chief Sir Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, who was in attendance, commended the bishop and synod delegates for the peaceful conduct of the synod and advised them to float an endowment fund to take care of the aged and the weak members, as well as for the unemployed youths.
He announced a donation of N 1 million to the fund when established and equally assured the visiting bishop from the North of support from Ikeduru Diocese.
Bishop Maduwike thanked those who made the synod a success and particularly noted the spirit of ecumenism that existed in Owu-bi-nubi and Owu-Amakohia, thanking specially Ven. Sunday Iherue who handled the bible study.
Highlights of the synod was the renewal of ordination vow by the priests in the Diocese, the cutting of the cake and fund raising moderated by Rev Can K.C. Agoha.
The service was conducted by Ven. Sydney Akuwudike while the Archdeaconry choir of Owu Amakohia performed.
Also in attendance was Rt. Rev. Chijoke Otu, Bishop on the Lake, among other dignitaries.