Catholic Diocese of Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State has announced the death of Most Rev. Albert Ayinde Fasina, the Emeritus Bishop of the diocese. He died on Tuesday June 29, 2021 at the age of 82.
Bishop Fasina, who served the diocese between 1988 and 2019 was born into a Muslim family of Late Pa Disu Fasina and Madam Moriatu Disu. He attended St. Mary Catholic Primary School Oke-Odolewu, just in front of his family house.
In April 1959 he was baptized by Rev. Fr. Terence Birmingham at St. Michael Catholic Church, Igbodu and had his First Communion at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Molajoye, an Outstation of Ibowon Parish.
Ordained priest on March 8, 1980, he was assigned to the then Remo Parish (now a Deanery) as Assistant Parish Priest, and became the Cathedral Administrator in 1981 till 1984 when he went to the Catholic Institute of West Africa, Port-Harcourt to study Pastoral Theology.
He was appointed Bishop on June 21, 1988, consecrated on September 10, 1988, a position he served until January 17, 2019.
Known for his simple lifestyle, Bishop Fasina would fondly be remembered for his special interest not just in the print media for the formation of the people, but also in young people and their faith formation.