Pastor Ebenezer Idowu Ibijoju

By Abimbola Ologun

The loss of a truly great man has cast a shadow of grief over the lives of those who knew and loved him. Former, Assistant Pastor in Charge of Ogun Province 22 of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Ebenezer Idowu Ibijoju, who was a shining beacon of kindness, generosity compassion, and selflessness, transited on Sunday May 19, 2024 at the age of 65. His death has been described as sad, sudden and too soon.

As the adage goes, only the good dies young, and this tragedy is a painful reminder of the fragility of life and the unpredictability of fate.

When the news of Pastor Idowu Ibijoju’s untimely demise reached his community, a collective gasp of disbelief and sorrow echoed throughout the large spectrum of RCCG members.

Pst Ibijoju’s widow and children

This was a man who had dedicated his life to serving God and fellow human beings, and his sudden departure left a gaping hole in the hearts of those who admired him. His memory lives on through the numerous parishes he built and the lives he touched with his generosity and benevolence, but the loss of this extraordinary figure is still felt keenly by all who knew him.

A testament to his exceptional life and the enduring love came to the fore during his service of songs and burial ceremony which was attended by a sea of mourners at the RCCG House of Favour, Redemption City, Ogun State.

An outpouring of emotion and tributes to the beloved Pastor’s extraordinary life and legacy filled the air, as those who had been touched by his generosity and compassion shared their stories with tear-filled eyes.

The people expressed that the late pastor was much more than a philanthropist; he was an exceptional human being who stood out for his generosity and empathy.

Those who knew him personally recalled his unwavering care for others, which he demonstrated by always reaching out, even years after distant contact.

His tragic passing has left a profound sense of loss in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know him, with many individuals testifying to the enormity of his contributions to the community and his genuine love for humanity.

As a stark representation of their profound sorrow and unspoken grief, the family of pastor Ibijoju wept uncontrollably at his funeral. Lost in the memories of their departed loved one, the sight of his casket was a uneasy reminder of the immense void his passing had left in their lives.

The illustrious Pastor Ebenezer Ibijoju was born in Ogotun-Ekiti, Ekiti State to the distinguished Ibijoju family in 1959. He spent his formative years in his native state, where he completed his primary and higher education. After finishing his studies, he embarked on his mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in September 1983 at Federal Girls College, Yola.

In his sermon, titled ‘The Truth about Life and Death: Pastor Ibijoju in Focus’, Pastor Omotayo Ajiboye reflected upon the inevitability of death and its connection with life.

Drawing upon wisdom of the ages, he asserted that a wise man contemplates the end of his life, while a fool only considers how to revel in its pleasures. He noted that in death, life’s race is completed, and it is a universal experience that all living beings must face.

The clergy went on to state that Pastor Ibijoju who passed away had indeed died the death of the righteous, a profound affirmation that underscored the steadfastness of his faith and his devotion to God while on earth.

The man of God re- emphasized the inevitability of death, regardless of one’s beliefs or perspectives, by referencing the passage in Hebrews 9:27 which states “it is appointed to man to die once, after judgment.” He further quoting Acts 13:38, which underscores the finality of life and the ultimate fate that awaits all living beings after death.

Pastor Ibijoju buried on Thursday May 30, 2024 was survived by his wife, three children and many grand children.

The occasion was attended by Church elders, senior Pastors, friends, members of RCCG and a lot of others.

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