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Oni mourns Primate Adetiloye, says he was a master of God's word

By Lere Olayinka
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The National Vice Chairman (South-West) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Segun Oni has described the death of Ekiti born former Primate and Archbishop of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Archbishop Joseph Abiodun Adetiloye as a sad loss to Ekiti State, the entire Christians in Nigeria and the Anglican Communion worldwide, saying; "We have lost one of the masters of God's word in Nigeria."

Reacting to Adetiloye's death through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Lere Olayinka, the PDP Chieftain said Primate Adetiloye will be sorely missed as a great man of God, who decided to become an Anglican priest at a very young age of six and followed his dream till the end.

"Though Baba was 82, his death still came to me as a rude shock. This is because Baba was one of the beacons of hope for Christianity in Nigeria and a great apostle of God's word."

"No doubt, Baba's passion for evangelism and missions brought tremendous growth to the Anglican communion particularly in northern Nigeria.

"He was a shining light in the Anglican Communion, a religious icon, whose devotion to evangelism and religious tolerance in Nigeria cannot be over-emphasised. He will be sorely missed," Oni said.

Oni, who implored the family, the people of Odo-Owa Ekiti and the entire members of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) to take solace in the fact that Primate Adetiloye lived a model and fulfilled life said; "losing a man who was an outstanding statesman of impeccable integrity can be painful, but we must all take solace in the fact that Baba lived a worthy life of service to God."