Odumakin’s Death: Fayemi, Sanwo-Olu, Makinde, Other Govs Mourn

Yinka Odumakin, Afenifere spokesperson

State Governors including Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos, Seyi Makinde of Oyo and Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, have been mourning the passage of the National Publicity Secretary of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, , Mr.

Prompt News reports that Yinka Odumakin died on Saturday, April 3, 2021, at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital due to complications from COVID-19.

Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, in a statement said the Yoruba and indeed Nigeria have lost a truly patriotic citizen, a fearless activist who regularly spoke truth to power and a man of the people who championed the cause of his people till he breathed his last.

He described the death of the spokesperson as a personal loss to him, having had a long-standing working relationship with the deceased and his spouse, Dr since the period of struggle for democracy in the nineties.

“This is a very sad day. The Yoruba and indeed Nigeria have lost an illustrious son, a voice for the voiceless, a fearless and dogged fighter and a leader who loved and served his people passionately.

….Odumakin lived a selfless life – Sanwo-Olu

Governor Sanwo-Olu in a statement issued on Saturday and signed by his , Mr. Gboyega Akosile, described the late human rights and pro-democracy activist, as a great nationalist, passionate leader and champion of a true Nigeria that would work for every citizen. 

He said the spokesman lived a selfless life, adding that will not be forgotten in a hurry. 

“It is with deep sense of sorrow but with a heart full of gratitude to God for a good life spent by the late that I write to commiserate with the family, friends and associates of the late

“On behalf of my family and the good people of Lagos State, I hereby express my heartfelt condolences to his immediate family, particularly his wife, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, the Afenifere and the entire Yoruba race over the loss of Yinka Odumakin. 

…. I lost a brother, Yorubaland lost a true fighter, Makinde

Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State described the death of Odumakin, as a personal loss of a good brother, and a great loss to the Yoruba race.

Makinde, who stated that the news of Odumakin’s passage came as a rude shock that has left him in a sad mood, commiserated with Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, wife of the late Afenifere chieftain, the Odumakin family, members of Afenifere and the entire Yoruba nation.

He described the late Afenifere spokesman as a true Yoruba son, who embodied the ethos of Omoluabi, a dogged and true fighter of the Yoruba cause and an advocate of good governance.

A statement by the to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as adding that Odumakin’s death has created a huge vacuum in Yorubaland and Nigeria.

…. Odumakin’s death, a great loss to Yorubaland – Oyetola

Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun described the death of Yinka Odumakin, as a great loss to Yorubaland and the nation.

Oyetola, in a statement by his , Ismail Omipidan, in Osogbo on Saturday, commiserated with the Afenifere, the wife of the deceased, the children and the entire family.

The governor said the contributions of the deceased to the enthronement and growth of democracy in Nigeria would not be forgotten.

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