Daily Trust (Abuja)

16 December 2012

Nigeria: Church Will Decide My Father's Burial, Says Adetiloye's Son

Ado-Ekiti — Adeola Adetiloye, the son of the late former Primate of Church of Nigeria, Most Reverend Abiodun Adetiloye, has said that only the church could decide where the remains of his father will be laid.

Speaking in an interview with journalists at his residence in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, Adeola said the family alone could not fix the burial date since his father rose to the office of the primate before he retired.

"Actually, Governor Kayode Fayemi when he came to pay us condolence visit on Friday said that the state would want to do the burial; but the church said that they want to be actively involved in the whole thing," he added.

He said the top hierarchy of the church, the state government and the family would meet soon to draw up the burial programme.

Meanwhile, sympathisers have continued to visit the residence of the deceased.

Among those who visited the family are the Olowa of Odo-Owa-Ekiti, Oba Ayorinde Oyedeji and retired bishop of Ibadan Diocese, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Gideon Olajide.

Speaking with journalists, the Olowa of Odo-Owa described the late bishop as a philanthropist who loved humanity with all his power.

Oba Oyedeji said that Adetiloye played a major role in ensuring the success of his coronation. According to him, the late bishop built the annex of the palace where he is currently living shortly before he was installed the monarch of the town.

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