Fayemi mourns the “scholarly priest”, Bishop Peter Adebiyi
The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has described the passing of the retired Bishop of the Western Anglican Diocese of Lagos, Dr Peter Adebiyi, as a colossal loss.
Bishop Adebiyi, a native of Osi Ekiti in Ido Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State, died on Friday. He was 79 years old.
Dr Fayemi, in a message of condolence signed by his chief press officer, Yinka Oyebode, said the late priest-scholar was an admirable personality who lived a life of service worthy of emulation.
The governor said the life of the late Adebiyi was a testimony to a young church organist whom many people did not expect to become a great clergyman; describing him as a humble giant through whom God has worked many wonders.
While noting that Adebiyi was a man of integrity and blameless character, the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) claimed that the late cleric jealously guarded what had been entrusted to him by God and the church; leading to the growth of the Anglican Diocese of Lagos West which has no less than 270 new churches.
Governor Fayemi said the late Bishop Adebiyi simultaneously pursued a career in the ministry as well as a parallel career as an academic and taught at Ondo State University (now the University of Ekiti State) Ado Ekiti between 1983 and 1987 and later taught at Lagos State University. , Ojoo.
“The news of Bishop Peter Adebiyi’s death was shocking and unexpected. He was one of the best in Ekiti, a worthy ambassador for Ekiti and a man of honor. He was a man of integrity who distinguished himself as a clergyman and scholar. He was not limited to the church, he had a second address.
“Bishop Adebiyi was an excellent and inspiring Ekiti man who always spoke truth to power. His sage advice will be greatly missed. May the good Lord grant him eternal rest and give the family the courage to bear the loss,” the governor said.