14 December 2012

Nigeria: President Jonathan Mourns Archbishop Adetiloye

President Goodluck Jonathan has commiserated with the family of the former Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Archbishop Joseph Abiodun Adetiloye and the entire Anglican Communion on the death of the patriarch earlier today.

In a condolence message, President Jonathan described late Archbishop Adetiloye as a great man of God who would be missed not only by members of the Anglican Communion, but all Nigerians.

The President, who spoke through a statement by the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, on Friday, December 14, noted that Archbishop Adetiloye will be long remembered for his zeal and passion for evangelism and planting of churches and his interest in not only the spiritual life of church members but also their education, health and economic well-being.

Eulogizing him further, President Jonathan said that the former Primate lived a good life devoted to unconditional service of God and humanity.

Recalling the notable achievements of the late Primate, especially his promotion of religious tolerance in the country, President Jonathan said that Archbishop Adetiloye whose tenure coincided with military rule in Nigeria, exhibited immense courage in his robust interventions in national discourses as he spoke forcefully against undemocratic governance .

He prayed that Almighty God would grant the soul of the revered Archbishop eternal rest.

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