Vanguard (Lagos)

19 January 2013

Nigeria: How Adetiloye Changed Anglican Church Image of Anglican Church - Clergy

THE memories of late Reverend Joseph Adetiloye, the former Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, was brought to the fore yesterday at the press conference held at the Cathedral Church of Christ to herald his funeral ceremony scheduled for next week in Ekiti State.

Speaking on the burial arrangement, the Archbishop of the province of Lagos, Reverend Adebayo Akinde disclosed that commendation service has been scheduledfor Wednesday next week as part of line-up of programmes at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina where he served as both Bishop of Lagos and Archbishop, Primate and Metropolitan of All Nigeria.

Another commendation service will be followed on Thursday at the Cathedral Church of Emmanuel, Ado-Ekiti as well as a tributes session to be organised by the Ekiti State Government at Adetiloye's House, Ado-Ekiti, the same day.

Accordingly, a Christian Wake keep will proceed the same day at Comprehensive High School, Odo Owa. And funeral service on Friday, January 25 2013, will hold at St. Paul's Millennium Anglican Church, Odo Owa, Ekiti.

In an address titled, "There is a lot to learn from the life of Primate Joseph Adetiloye", Reverend Akinde said that, late Bishop will be remembered for his diligence as a servant of God who made significant contributions to the development and repositioning of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion".

His words "At a time when some Church workers professed Christ in name and appealed to other powers in secret societies, Baba Adetiloye as Bishop of Ekiti in 1971 led the battle against them, providing them with the option to either renounce their membership of such cults or their commission in the Church.

On the issue of immortalising late Adetiloye, Revd Adebola Ademowo, Dean Emeritus, Church of Nigeria and Bishop, Diocese of Lagos noted that there are plans to immortalise him not only as a warrior against corruption but as one who was concerned in the service to humanity.

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