The news of the death of Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, has been generating a massive outpouring of grief from various quarters of the country.
The fact that those who did not share his views and ideologies when he was alive are now mourning his death speaks to his sincerity of purpose and integrity while alive.
Odumakin, this morning, was reported to have died of Covid-19 at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Lagos
These are some of the grief-laden tributes that have been trailing Odumakin’s death.
‘A part of me is gone’ – Wife
WITH gratitude to the Supreme Being for a life well spent, I announce 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.
Signed: Dr Joe Okei Odumakin
Yinka Odumakin’s death a big blow – Afenifere
THE Pan-Yoruba sociopolitical group, Afenifere, said it is devastated by the death of its Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin.
Its Secretary-General, Basorun Sehinde Arogbofa, said “It’s a terrible blow. A terrible blow to me as a person because we’ve been so intimate.
“He’s been my right-hand man in Afenifere management. It’s terrible. Yinka should not have gone at this time.
“It’s a terrible blow to Afenifere and Nigeria. We’ve lost a brilliant chap with intelligent and brilliant ideas.
“This is sad, very sad. What a pity. I pity his wife Joe.’’
Yoruba has lost a gem and dependable ally -Gani Adams
AARE Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, described the death of the Publicity Secretary of the Pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, early hours of today as one death too many, saying Yoruba has lost a gem, who, according to him was a dependable ally.
Aare Adams, who received the news of the late Odumakin’s death with shock and trepidations, said the death of the late Afenifere publicity Scribe was a big loss to the Yoruba nation, adding that death had dealt the Yoruba nation a big blow, leaving in its wake, sad memories of the loss of a brother, a friend and dependable ally.
While mourning his friend of many years, Iba Adams, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Aderemi, described the late Odumakin as a true Yoruba son, a committed fellow, and the voice of the people, especially, the downtrodden.
“We’ll all miss his voice. We’ll miss his commitment, we’ll miss his bravery because the late Yinka Odumakin’s fearless image loomed larger than what we can easily forget in a hurry”
“He was a phenomenon that spoke truth to power. He cut a picture of an all-rounder, a media personage, an analyst and public commentator that had warmed himself to the hearts of many people”
“His exit had left a big vacuum in the social and political milieu and Nigerians will always remember him for who he was because, in his life, the late Odumakin was truly one of the few gifted souls of our race”The extent of the shocking news for me has been inexplicable. It will take a very long time for me to accept the realities of his death”.
“We are in the struggle together, we shared so many memories together and I was very close to the family, so for me, it was a personal loss and I wish my sister, his wife, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin and the deceased relatives well, especially at this trying moments”.
“For the Yoruba nation, and Afenifere as a whole, Odumakin’s imprints will always be in the book of history, but as much as his death was so rude and shocking, we are consoled that the man died, though, very young, he will be remembered for his invaluable contributions to the development of Nigeria and the Yoruba nation in particular.”
Death is a necessary end – Sowore
DEATH is a necessary end! Sad to announce this passing of a friend and fighter, Yinka Odumakin. Rest in Power, Senior Comrade!
Yinka’s death is a personal loss- Keyamo
YINKA’S death is a personal loss to me. Himself & the wife, Joe, have been my long-time friends & allies. I knew them separately before they met & got married. I just called the wife’s line & they’re still at the hospital. My deepest condolences to Josephine & the Odumakin family.
This is just so sad — Dele Momodu
I SLEPT about 5.30am this morning and had to switch off my phones, something I rarely do… Unknown to me TOKUNBO AFIKUYOMI, a mutual friend of YINKA ODUMAKIN and I was trying frantically to reach me… Then I woke up and my first phone froze bec of endless messages. I called Tokunbo and he was weeping… This is just so sad. YINKA, please, REST IN PEACE…
We’ve lost a dependable voice–Oyebode
WE have lost a dependable voice. You are a true friend Yinka Odumakin.
This is a very big tragedy — Adedayo
THIS is a very big tragedy for Yorubaland. A very sad day! May the soul of Comrade Yinka Odumakin find peace with our ancestors in the bossom of Olodumare!