The Awka Diocese of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion will this week host no fewer than 100 bishops,
three governors in the Southeast and federal ministers as well as over 2,500 at the 2nd session of the 12th synod of the Diocese.
The Chairman of the Diocesan Central Synod Planning Committee, Dr Emma Ezenwaji, disclosed this in a press conference at St Michael and All Angels Church, Nawfia, in the Njikoka Local Government Area of the state.
He said the synod, which would be hosted by the Diocese of Awka at St Michael’s and All Angels Anglican Church Nawfia, would also witness the presence of over 15 governorship aspirants in the fortcoming election in the state.
He said the bishop of the diocese who doubles as the Archbishop of the Province of the Niger, Most Revd Alex Ibezim, would be delivering his presidential charge on Saturday.
He said the theme of the synod is, “Expanding our ministerial coast, implications for the ordained and the laity drawn from Luke 5: 1-13 and Is. 54: 1-8, expressing the church’s preparedness to host a hitch free Synod in terms of security, health and other logistics.
He said, “We’re anticipating more than 100 bishops, three governors, four ministers, over 15 gubernatorial aspirants in the November 6 election.
“We’re also expecting the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano and the wife, Mrs Ebelechukwu at the occasion being his last Synod as the governor. Delegates from 89 parishes and 17 archdeaconry would be in attendance.
“The synod will open with the opening service and plenary session to discuss important issues in the dioceses, while the Archbishop, Most Rev Alexander Ibezim will deliver his presidential address on Saturday.
“On Sunday, will be the synod Thanksgiving where the delegates will thank God for his mercies. We expect that this year will be a remarkable one as security measures has been set aside to ensure peaceful conduct of the synod.”
Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee, Mr Obinna Etele, praised the State Governor, Willie Obiano, for his swift response to security situations in the state.
He said the church was satisfied with the measures put in place by the governor to contain the situation in the past few weeks.
“We are impressed with the measures the governor has put in place to check the security situation in the state. In the past few weeks,we have relative peace in the state,” he added.