Ado-Ekiti - President Goodluck Jonathan has described the late Primate Abiodun Adetiloye as a cherished icon and an acknowledged patriarch, who has toiled in the Lord's vineyard successfully.
The President stated this in a message to an afternoon of tributes in honour of the late Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) on Thursday in Ado Ekiti.
Jonathan said that “until his retirement as Primate in 1999, Adetiloye epitomized the highest ideals of positive effective Christian leadership and dedicated service.
"His life of dedicated service to God and we should use that as an enduring source of solace and inspiration."
In his message, Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, who described him as a Primate on the hill, said his time on earth was a light -bearing life that was truly set on a hill for all to see.
"My earliest memories and my encounter with 'baba' dated back in my days as a student of Christ School Ado-Ekiti.
"Baba used to live on top of the famous Agidimo hills within the school.
"Baba was an integral part of our school life, anytime we ran into trouble with the school authority; the Principal would run up to Baba on the hill for intervention.
"Baba would come down and meditate on the impasse, ensuring the return of normalcy before leaving," he said.
Fayemi said that the late primate during the dark years of military rule was a man that supported the struggle in various ways.
"He was not afraid to speak the truth to the dictators of that perilous era. He was for this reason referred to as the NADECO Bishop," he added.
Also, Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, in his tribute, said that the late Adetiloye would be fondly remembered for always being on the side of the people.
"He would be remembered for always being on the side of the people and for his active involvement in the struggle for de-miliarisation and enthronement of democratic rule in the country.
"He was a quintessential cleric who has demonstrated uncommon humility, courage , fearlessness and was committed to the development of the country," the governor said.