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Sanwo-Olu’s wife, Lagos State CAN Chairman, Adegbite, others mourn Olumakaiye

By Chris Irekamba
02 November 2022   |   4:31 am
Wife of Lagos State Governor, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu and Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Lagos State chapter, Dr. Stephen Adegbite, yesterday...

Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Lagos State, Dr. Stephen Adegbite, during his visit to the family of the late Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos, Most Revd. Humphrey Bamisebi Olumakaiye, in Lagos… yesterday. PHOTO: CHRIS IREKAMBA

Wife of Lagos State Governor, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu and Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Lagos State chapter, Dr. Stephen Adegbite, yesterday, commiserated with the family of the late Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos, Most Revd. Humphrey Bamisebi Olumakaiye, who died on Sunday at 53 years.

When The Guardian visited the house, the governor’s wife, in the condolence register, wrote: “The world is full of mysteries. This comes as a mystery for the Anglican community. Much as my spirit is burdened with what has happened as a Christian, the will of God will always prevail. God’s banner of protection shall not depart from your family.”

Twenty-three sympathisers from different dioceses and individuals also signed the condolence register in honour of the late Olumakaiye.

Adegbite, who spoke with The Guardian after signing the condolence register, said the late Olumakaiye was his personal friend for over 34 years when they were students at the Emmanuel College.

He said: “We started together at Emmanuel College in September 1988 and since then, we have been doing things together. His life is full of testimonies. Twenty-seven years ago, he had a terrible accident that almost took his life but he survived it. He had the accident when he was doing his father’s business. He had gone to Ilesha to buy musical instruments for the church and on their way back, he had that accident. A man of prayer, devoted and highly spiritual, we called him a workaholic during our school days.

“My friend has gone but his name is written in golden pen in the sand of time and nobody can forget him in the Lagos Diocese, Osun North-East, Ilesha, and of course, where he came from in Idanre, Ondo State.

“I have lost somebody so dear to me and I have been in a very bad mood since yesterday. It’s only God that can heal the wound.”

He added: “We attended same University of Ibadan. We give glory to God because the resting place for everyone is eternity and I know he made heaven because of what he has done and may his soul rest in peace.

“It’s God that takes life, nobody can take it. God, Who has called him home knows he has completed his own assignment and that is why he has gone and remember that Jesus died at 33 years and the impact that Jesus made is what we are leveraging till date. So, the 53 years he spent here are very impactful, and full of testimonies. So, it is not how long but how well you are able to make in your generation. He was sick for sometime and we thought he was going to survive it but God says no. So, we give glory to God.”