- The death of Afeneifere spokesman Yinka Odumakin on Saturday, April 3, came as a rude shock
- As Nigerians continue to mourn, ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo has paid a visit to Afenifere leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, to commiserate with him
- Adebanjo has described the death of Odumakin as “too heavy to bear”
Following the death of Yinka Odumakin, former president, Olusegun Obasanjo paid a condolence visit to the leader of pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, Pa Ayo Adebanjo on Saturday, April 3.
Odumakin was the national publicity secretary of the group.
Legit.ng had earlier reported the death of Odumakin, a human rights activist. He died after a brief illness at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital Covid Isolation Centre,
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Following the news, Adebanjo had shared a tweet, expressing his shock. According to him, it was too heavy to bear.
He spoke for the rights of the Yoruba people
Just before his death, he was one of the Nigerians speaking up against the activities of criminal Fulani herdsmen, who have been accused of wreaking havoc in the southwest region.
He recently warned the federal government against arresting Sunday Igboho who issued a quit notice to the Fulani herders in Ibarapa Oyo state.
The Afenifere spokesman also supported the campaign for a boycott of beef in the southwest region in March. According to him, Yoruba leaders would not continue to watch while their people were being killed in the name of cattle rearing.
Odumakin's wife mourns
Mrs Joe Okei-Odumakin is in pains following the death of her husband. She said her husband fought well at the intensive care unit before he gave up.
Joe called on Nigerians to pray for her because she did not know how to survive the disaster.
Other Nigerians react
The minister of state for labour, Festus Keyamo, said Odumakin's death is a personal loss to him. He said the deceased and his wife have been his long-time friends and allies.
A former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, expressed sadness, describing the deceased as a great warrior.