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The Fourth Global Anglican Future Conference and the Kigali Commitment

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By Dolapo Aina

The fourth Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) held between Monday, 17th and Friday, 21st of April 2023, bringing together circa one thousand three hundred and two delegates from fifty-two countries, including three hundred and fifteen bishops, four hundred and fifty-six other clergy and five hundred and thirty-one laity.

On the opening day, the conference delegates were addressed by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda, Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente who spoke of the significance of the conference.

The conference theme for 2023 ‘To Whom Shall We Go?’ (John 6:68), along with the Bible studies in the Letter to the Colossians, focused the delegates’ attention on Jesus Christ.

GAFCON’s Chairman in his opening address encouraged delegates to be a repenting church, a reconciling church, a reproducing church and a relentlessly compassionate church. The delegates were also reminded that the purpose and mission of the church is to make known to a lost world the glorious riches of the Gospel by proclaiming Christ crucified and risen, and living faithfully together as his disciples.

In an official statement, GAFCON stated that; “Many among us are from contexts of persecution or conflict and we know that as one part of the body suffers, we all suffer. Some were unable to attend the conference because of this. We prayed for our brothers and sisters in Sudan, and for the suffering church. We also heard testimony of the power of the Gospel to transform lives even in these circumstances through the prayer, kindness and compassion of Christians.”

The fourth GAFCON conference statement titled: The Kigali Commitment 2023 focused on eight separate topics, including the current crisis in the Anglican Communion, the failure of the Archbishop of Canterbury and resetting the Communion, just to name a few.

According to Right Reverend Dr Michael Stead, Bishop of South Sydney and Chair of the GAFCON Statement Committee; “The Kigali Commitment reflects the mind of the one thousand three hundred delegates at this conference. They in turn represent most of the world’s worshipping Anglicans (estimated to be around 85%). What is clear from this conference is that most of the world’s Anglicans have lost confidence in the Archbishop of Canterbury to provide a Godly way forward that will be acceptable to those who are committed to the truthfulness, clarity, sufficiency and authority of Scripture. This grieves us, but it is they who have walked away from us.”

The Gafcon statement revealed that; “Gafcon stands ready to welcome those who feel they can no longer remain in the Church of England because of the failure of its leadership and is actively looking for ways to stand with and support faithful Anglicans who choose to remain within the Church of England. This includes churches in England, but also extends to churches all around the world where similar failures in leadership exist.”

The Kigali Commitment reads, ‘The purpose and mission of the church is to make known to a lost world the glorious riches of the gospel by proclaiming Christ crucified and risen, and living faithfully together as his disciples. The gospel of the risen Lord Jesus is our priority, and we are excited to get on with the task of proclaiming Christ faithfully to the nations,” says Bishop Stead.”

The media conference which wrapped up the fourth Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) had as guests; Bishop Michael Stead, Conference Statement Committee Chair and Bishop of South Sydney in the Anglican Diocese of Sydney; Archbishop Ben Kwashi, General Secretary of GAFCON Global and Archbishop in the Anglican Church of Nigeria; Archbishop Foley Beach, Chairman of GAFCON Global and Primate of the Anglican Church of North America and Reverend Canon Daniel Willis, GAFCON Global Operations Manager.

Aina writes from Kigali, Rwanda

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Court Denies Binance Executive Tigran Gambaryan Bail

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Justice Emeka Nwite of the Federal High Court Abuja, on Friday, refused to grant bail to an executive of Binance Holdings Limited, Tigran Gambaryan.

Justice Nwite held that Gambaryan is likely to jump bail if granted to him.

The company and its executive were arraigned on a five-count charge bordering on money laundering before Emeka Nwite, judge of a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Moving an application, Counsel to the Defendant, Mark Mordi, argued that the court had the power to grant bail to the defendant and impose conditions to ensure his presence in court.

The prosecution counsel, Ekele Iheanacho, however opposed the bail application, stating that the defendant is a flight risk.

He stated that the defendant attempted to obtain a new passport, which he claimed was stolen, and this is a suspicious act given the proximity to his colleague’s escape from custody.

He added that the court cannot risk granting Gambaryan bail, especially as he is not attached to any community in Nigeria.

“The fact that the passport of the defendant is with the complainant does not guarantee that he will remain in Nigeria because the defendant is not only an American citizen but also an Armenian citizen by birth.

He urged the court to refuse the application and instead remand him in EFCC custody to ensure his safety and prevent potential flight risk.

Delivering ruling, the judge said several factors including the nature of offence and its severity must be considered when trying to decide whether or not bail should be granted to the defendant applicant.

Justice Nwite agreed with the depositions made by prosecution and was of the view that the applicant will jump bail if bail is granted to him.

He subsequently ordered that the trial be given an accelerated hearing.

After the ruling, the EFCC called its first witness, a staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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Governor Adeleke Felicitates with Dele Momodu at 64

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The Executive Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke has felicitated with the celebrated journalist, and Publisher of Ovation Magazine, Akinrogun Dele Momodu on the occasion of his 64th birthday, describing him as “a pride of the media industry.”

Governor Adeleke noted Akinrogun Momodu’s heartwarming contributions to a just and equitable society, saying he has touched the minds and hearts of countless people with insightful words, logistic support and unwavering dedication to truth and justice.

The Governor appreciates the Ovation Magazine Publisher’s sustained commitment to informing and enlightening the public as a weapon of nation building, acknowledging him as an inspirational figure, who has empowered readers to think critically, and engage meaningfully.

“I congratulate my dear friend, Akinrogun Dele Momodu, on the auspicious occasion of his birthday. The Aare Tayese of Iwoland is a unique personality, who has touched lives positively and brought smiles to countless faces,” the Governor was quoted in a congratulatory message, signed by his spokesperson, Mallam Olawale Rasheed.

“On this auspicious occasion, I honour both your wonderful life and exceptional contributions to the media sector and the larger society. I note, with admiration, Akinrogun Momodu’s deep sense of commitment to a better Nigeria, which is manifest in columns and public discourse.

“On behalf of my family, I convey best wishes to Akinrogun Momodu on his birthday and it is my prayer that God grant him many celebrations in good health and happiness while also bestowing him the grace to give more to humanity.”

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Why We’re Charging Helicopter Landing Fee – Aviation Ministry

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The Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace Development on Monday said the introduction of helicopter landing levies was in line with global best practices and cost recovery measures.

This is contained in a statement by Odutayo Oluseyi, Head, Press and Public Affairs of the ministry in Lagos.

According to Mr Oluseyi, the ministry recognises the importance of helicopter operations in Nigeria’s aviation industry and is committed to implementing international best practices in helicopter operations.

He said that helicopter landing levies were commonplace in countries such as the US, the United Kingdom, India and various other regions worldwide.

He maintained that Tallahassee International Airport in Florida began implementing helicopter landing levies under Vector Airport Systems, since 1 October 2022.

Mr Oluseyi said helicopter landing levies were common across airfields in the United Kingdom, ranging from major commercial ones, to small general aviation fields.

He added that, typically, helicopter levies matched or exceeded those for fixed-wing aircraft, and varied based on factors like location and services provided.

“The federal government has granted NAEBI Dynamic Concepts Ltd exclusive rights to collect helicopter landing levies in line with the MoU between NAEBI Concept and NAMA (focal Agency), Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

“It is instructive to note that NAMA, under the Act as amended in 2022, is empowered to collect aeronautical revenues in both the upper and lower airspace to support her self-sustainability.

“However, over the years, NAMA has predominantly relied on the upper airspace for her revenue generation.

“Government in her wisdom, having discovered a lacuna on the lower airspace where helicopter operations is dominant, directed NAMA to live up to its responsibilities, to enable them generate enough resources, to sustain their aeronautical architecture, enhance security and surveillance and improve the overall quality of helicopter operations in Nigeria,” he said.

According to Mr Oluseyi, the government is confident that the move will improve capacity, efficiency, safety, security and attract more investments in the aviation industry.

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