Jonathan, Atiku, Fayemi Mourn Afenifere Spokesman, Odumakin


As eminent Nigerians continue to express shock at the death of the Afeniere spokesperson, Yinka Odumakin, former President Goodluck Jonathan, ex-Vice-President, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, and Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Oloyede Fayemi have sent condolence messages to the family.

The former President in a condolence message to the family of late Odumakin described him as a courageous patriot and rights crusader who contributed so much to the development of the nation.

In the message titled ‘A Great Voice for Equity is Gone’, the former President described Odumakin as a man with rich democratic credentials who “played active roles in the years of activism that birthed and stabilised civil rule in our country.”

“I received with sadness the news of the shocking death of Mr. Yinka Odumakin. He was a courageous patriot and rights crusader who gave his all to the struggle for a better Nigeria.

“He was a great asset for just causes whose considerable contributions to the growth of civil society is not in doubt. He also acquitted himself as a seasoned journalist and columnist who promoted egalitarianism and social well-being in his regular essays.

“He added, “Mr. Odumakin exits this world with rich democratic credentials, having played active roles in the years of activism that birthed and stabilised civil rule in our country.As a cultural enthusiast, Odumakin lived his short life as a force to be reckoned with in propagating and protecting the interest of the Yoruba in the larger Nigeria social space.

“My heart goes out to his wife, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, other members of his family, the Afenifere socio-cultural association and the entire civil society,” Jonathan stated.

In the same vein, ex-Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has described Odumakin as a patriot and a strong believer in the promotion of good governance, democracy and the rule of law.

“I sympathize with all Nigerians who share these same values with Odumakin, especially the Afenifere group of which Yinka was the publicity secretary. He played the role with so much commitment and admiration.

“Much as our heart grieves over this unpleasant development, we must take solace in accepting it as an act of God and acknowledge the fact that Yinka lived a life of purpose in defense of the ordinary people of this country and to enthrone a better Nigeria.

“I condole with his wife, Dr (Mrs) Joe Okei Odumakin and his children and pray that God will grant him eternal rest,” Atiku stated in a message.

Besides, Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who also mourned the passage of the human rights activist, described his death as tragic and deeply devastating.

Fayemi in a statement said the Yoruba and indeed Nigeria have lost a truly patriotic citizen, a fearless activist at 59.

He wrote: “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. For me, Yinka’s death is a personal loss. He was not just my comrade in the democratic struggle, he was a brother and friend.

“He was firm in his conviction, focused and progressive-minded. Even when we disagreed, he was never disagreeable,” Dr. Fayemi added.

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