- Hundreds of Nigerians are currently paying homage to late Yinka Odumakin at a lying-in-state ceremony in Lagos
- Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila is leading a long list of prominent Nigerians at the event
- Until his death, Odumaki was a prominent and well-respected activist in the country
Some prominent Nigerians on Thursday, April 22 attended the lying-in-state ceremony of the late activist, Yinka Odumakin, held at the Police College, Ikeja, Lagos.
Among those who attended the ceremony was the Speaker of the House of Representatives; Femi Gbajabiamila, a former governor of Ondo state; Olusegun Mimiko and a former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos, Jimi Agbaje.
Others are Afenifere leader; Pa Ayo Adebanjo, prominent human rights lawyer; Femi Falana, SAN, Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, Mohammed Fawehinmi among others.
Legit.ng reporter at the event noted that the wife of the late activist, Dr. Joe-Okei Odumakin, is also available to receive sympathizers at the venue.
The event is well attended by representatives of various civil society organizations across the country.
Some Nigerians have been reacting to the death of Odumakin via Legit.ng Facebook page after photos from the ceremony were shared on the platform.
Aderayo Adeleye wrote:
“It's a great loss. God knows why. Rest in perfect peace comrade.”
Tee Adeyemo wrote:
“He was an icon, he fought for human rights, Nigeria has lost another great leader. My condolences to Dr.Joe-Okei and his family.”
Victor Olubi wrote:
“God rest your soul dogged Comrade Yinka Odumakin...You died with a belief..you are a true patriot. May Nigerians be blessed with more folks like you.”
Chukwuemeka Onyeike wrote:
“A very big loss to the Yoruba nation, Nigeria, and his followers. Rest in peace a fearless and courageous man.”
Sunday Steven Jamodu wrote:
“The exit of a fearless man who always stands for the truth and the betterment of Nigerians.”
Recall that the Speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa recently described the late Odumakin, as an activist who fought endlessly for a great Nigeria and a greater Yoruba race.
Obasa made the remark on Tuesday, April 6 when he led a delegation of lawmakers from the state Assembly to the Lagos home of the bereaved family.
Similarly, the founder of Oodua Peoples Congress, Otunba Gani Adams, has described the demise of Odumakin, as one death too many, saying Yoruba lost a gem.
Adams said the death of the Afenifere publicity scribe is a big loss to the Yoruba nation, adding that the news has dealt the southwest people a big blow.