It was a day of glory and adoration for the late iconic leader of the St’ Mary Anglican Church Late Chief I. O. Babarinsa on Friday, 25th March, 2022.
Although there were many members of the church that substantially donated money and materials for the construction of the Ultra-Modern Church, the late Baba Ijo’s positive activities, seemed to have caught the attentions of the Diocesan Bishop Oludaisi Adekunle and others
According to Bishop Adekunle, the role played by the Baba Ijo and Balogun Ijaye was consistent, emulative and enduring.
Addressing the Congregation at the Dedication of the new Ultra Modern Church on 25 March, 2022, the Egba Anglican Diocesan Bishop, Rt. Reverend Emmanuel Oludaisi Adekunle recalled that, the late I.O Babarinsa’s contribution, who, when the first building of the Church collapsed in 1963, came together with other members of the Church to reconstruct the Church few years later adding that the new Church then, was dedicated during the stewardship of Rev. Canon Isaac who was the Vicar of the Church in 1983.
He therefore declared that he was pleased to note that the children of immediate past Balogun Ijaye Christian and Baba Ijo ST’ Mary wjo donated all the wooden furniture seats, was a positive continuity of their father’s generosity and love of God and His only Son, Jesus Christ.
Bishop Oludaisi Adekunle therefore urged the Babarinsa, to make the exercise an enduring process and not a project which has a beginning and an end.
Also speaking, the Balogun of Ijaye Land and Aare of Egbaland and Balogun of Ijaye,, Chief Ganiyu Babayeju said, he was an eloquent witness to the leadership and generous roles, played by the Late Balogun Ijaye Christian and Baba Ijo, late I.O Babarinsa.
Speaking further, he noted that, he and other Ijaye Traditional Chiefs would have loved to contribute to the reconstruction of the Church when it started some 18 months ago, due to the love and patriotism demonstrated towards Ijaye as a big homogenous township by late Chief I.O. Babarinsa.
It would be recalled that, the immediate past Balogun of Ijaye Christians and Baba Ijo of St’Mary Anglican Church, Ijaye, late Chief I. O. Babarinsa died while praying for peace, progress and prosperity of Ijaye at the first meeting held at Balogun Babayeju’s compound, after the Alake had settled a long standing rift between Ijaye Chiefs and Balogun Ijaye Traditional Council, in which, the Alake had urged Ijaye Chiefs to return to Balogun compound for their monthly meeting and other exercises.
Chief Isaac Olusanya Babarinsa breathed his last, when serving his Ijaye people and humanity 12 years ago.
Others that paid tributes to the memory of the late Baba Ijo of St Mary’s Anglican Church, included the Iya Ijo, Chief (Mrs) Fafiolu Chief Akinbode and Balogun of Ijaye Christians, Chief Bunmi Fasola