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, Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin.
Ekiti State 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 Afenifere spokesperson as a personal loss to him, having had a long-standing working relationship with the deceased and his spouse, Dr Joe Odumakin 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 Chief Press Secretary, 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.
“It is with deep sense of sorrow but with a heart full of gratitude to God for a good life spent by the late Yinka Odumakin that I write to commiserate with the family, friends and associates of the late Yinka Odumakin.
“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 Chief Press Secretary 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 Chief Press Secretary, 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.