One of the Yoruba leaders is gone. Yinka Odumakin, a politician, activist and Afenifere secretary is dead.
He died of covid-19 at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital today Saturday after a several days of illness.
He was said to have been battling underlying conditions such as diabetes for some times now.
The Afenifere Secretary died at the age of 56. Survived by wife and children.
Wife of Yinka Odumakin, Dr. Joe Okei talked about her husband’s death
His wife, Dr. Mrs. Joe Okei-Odumakin, confirmed the death of her husband.
She confirmed that her husband, Mr Yinka Odumakin died today Saturday 3rd April, 2021, at the Intensive Care Unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.
According to her: “A part of me is gone. A part of me is gone. He fought hard at the intensive care unit. Pray for me to survive this. My love is gone.
“My husband, Yinka Odumakin, was okay before. Even on March 10 he was still attending meetings. He was recovering yesterday but he died this morning. I am at the intensive care unit. A part of me is gone.”
Wife of the deceased, Dr Joe Okei Odumakin, had a press Release
A PART OF ME IS GONE!
With gratitude to the Supreme Being for a life well spent, Iannounce the passing on of my beloved husband, Comrade Yinka Odumakin to the great beyond after a brief illness.
The sad event happened this morning (Saturday, 3/4/2021) at the intensive care unit of LASUTH where he was being managed for respiratory issues due to complications from COVID-19 which he had recovered from about a week ago.
I appreciate the outpouring of grief and sympathy from home and abroad as I mourn my irreplaceable soulmate. I urge us all to remain steadfast in the cause of the masses to which he dedicated his life.
Burial arrangement will be made public in due course…
Who is Yinka Odumakin?
He is a human rights activist and CEO at Kaphine Nig. Ltd. Yinka Odumakin was one of the Yoruba leaders who fight the General Sanni Abacha government because he canceled the election in 1993. Moshood Kasimawo Abiola was believed to have emerged as the winner of the election before it was annulled by Abacha.
How Nigerians react to the news of his death
Many Nigerians have shown concern about the sudden death of the late Afenifere secretary on their respective social media accounts.
XYZNEWS Nigeria brings you some of the reactions about Yinka Odumakin:
Jimi Agbaje on Twitter said:
Nigeria lost a towering patriot in Yinka Odumakin.
May his Lion’s soul Rest In Peace. Amen
Omoyele Sowore on Twitter said:
Death is a necessary end! Sad to announce this passing of a friend and fighter, Yinka Odumakin. Rest in Power, Senior Comrade!
Aisha Yesufu on Twitter said:
Death is not when you can no longer breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbondioxide, death is when you cannot speak in the face of injustice & tyranny because you are afraid to die.
You live on Yinka Odumakin!
May God give your family the fortitude to bear the loss.
Rest in peace
Senator Shehu Sani on Twitter said:
Yinka Odumakin;It’s unusual for me to send a message to comrade Yinka without a response.That happened just yesterday.A principled activist,a dogged fighter and a distinguished Journalist he was.We lost an indomitable & irrepressible voice for justice.May his soul Rest In Peace.
Femi Fani Kayode says:
I am deeply saddened that we have lost Comrade Yinka Odumakin, one of our brightest & best. He was a great warrior who feared nothing and who stood for truth and justice right to the end. The South West and indeed Nigeria has lost one of its greatest sons and brightest stars.