- Tributes continue to pour in for Yinka Odumakin, spokesman of the Afenifere group who died recently
- OPC founder, Gani Adams, says the death of Odumakin is a big loss to him and the Yoruba nation
- Adams described the late Odumakin as a man who always spoke truth to power and a voice of the people
Founder of Oodua Peoples Congress, Gani Adams, has described the death of the publicity secretary of Afenifere, Mr.Yinka Odumakin, as one death too many, saying Yoruba has lost a gem, who, according to him was a dependable ally.
Adams said the death of the Afenifere publicity scribe is a big loss to the Yoruba nation, adding that news has dealt the southwest people a big blow, leaving in its wake, sad memories of the loss of a brother and friend.
Adams, in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Saturday, April 3 by his spokesman, Kehinde Aderemi, described the late Odumakin as a true Yoruba son, a committed fellow, and the voice of the people, especially, the downtrodden.
Part of the statement read:
“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 who 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 has 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 soul of our race.
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“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.”
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the Afenifere spokesman died on Saturday, April 3, at the intensive care unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).
Family sources say he was being treated for respiratory issues due to COVID-19 complications before he died.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the family and friends of Odumakin.
President Buhari, in a statement released by one of his aides, Femi Adesina, expressed sorrow at the death of the human rights activist, who according to him still had more to contribute to the nation at large