The Bishop of Diocese on the Coast, Church of Nigeria, (Anglican Communion) in Okitipupa Local Government area of Ondo State, Rt. Revd Ebunoluwa Ogunele is dead.
According to NAN, the Anglican cleric died on Thursday in Akure, the state capital, after battling with an undisclosed illness.
The town of Ilutitun in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State was on Friday thrown into mourning following the development as pastors, politicians and residents of Ilutitun and environs trooped to the Bishops Court in the town, to condole with the family of the deceased.
Pastor Peter Akinyelure, Chairman, Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN), Okitipupa Chapter, described the late bishop as a great man of God, who was always ready for the service of God and humanity.
He was a man of God with integrity, always ready to serve God and mankind, we will dearly miss him, he said.
Mr Bode Ikulala, Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Okitipupa LGA, described the deceased as one who had succeeded in bringing the Christian fold together without sentiments.
His death is a big loss to all Ikaleland because he worked tirelessly to pursue the development of the Anglican Communion in the area.
Mr Tunde Ikumawoyi, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain in Okitipupa LGA, said the man of God was in the forefront of fence-mending as regards religious, ethnic and political differences in the area.
The late bishop was born in 1950 in Ilutitun, and was consecrated the Lord Bishop of the Diocese in 2002.
He is survived by wife, Felicia, and six children.