Sanwo-Olu, Lagos CAN, Anglican diocese mourn Bishop Olumakaiye

ThE  Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has expressed sadness over the passing of the Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Bishop Humphrey Olumakaiye.

Olumakaiye died on Monday after a brief illness at 53. He was the first Bishop of Osun North East in 2009 before being transferred to the Diocese of Lagos in 2018.

His death was announced by the Synod Secretary, Segun Ladeinde, and Chancellor, Justice Adedayo Oyebanji.

A statement co-signed by Ladeinde and Oyebanji said the details of his burial would be made public soon.

The statement read partly, “His Episcopal sojourn in the Diocese of Lagos and subsequently the Province was characterised by phenomenal, physical and spiritual developments, for which all of us shall remain very proud.”

Sanwo-Olu, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, on Monday, said the death of the Bishop was a great loss not only to the Anglican Communion but the Diocese of Lagos and the entire Lagos State.

He said, “On behalf of the State Government, good people of Lagos State, and my adorable wife, I sympathise with the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) on the demise of the Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos, who was also the Lord Bishop and Missioner of the Diocese of Lagos, Most. Rev. (Dr) Humphrey Bamisebi Olumakaiye.

“The death of Archbishop Humphrey Bamisebi Olumakaiye, who I have known for many years as a fellow Anglican came to me as a rude shock. His death is a great loss to the Anglican Communion, especially the Diocese of Lagos. But we must always take solace in God that our Lord Bishop lived a good life and served humanity passionately.”

Similarly, the Chairman of Lagos CAN, Bishop Stephen Adegbite, told The PUNCH during a phone interview on Monday that Olumakaiye was his friend and brother for 34 years, adding that his legacies would not be forgotten.

He said, “He was my very close friend and brother for good 34 years. We went to seminary together in 1988 and God assisted us. We have been on his sickness in the last six months, but we thank God that he contributed his own quota to the development of the body of Christ in Nigeria, especially in the Anglican Communion and of course the entire body of Christ.”

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