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Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin died of Covid-19 —Wife

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Afenifere spokesman, Mr. Yinka Odumakin is dead.

His wife, Mrs. Joe Okei-Odumakin, announced this on Saturday in a press release made available to ElombahNews.

Odumakin, it was gathered, died of COVID-19 at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Announcing the death, the wife, Mrs. Okei-Odumakin wrote a short statement titled “A part of me is gone!

She added that he was recovering yesterday but he died this morning at the Intensive Care Unit.

She wrote:

 

“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”

Until his death, Yinka Odumakin, was the Publicity Secretary of the Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere.

He was noted for his outspokenness and courage while speaking truth to power.

Two years ago, he wrote a viral article about the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) wherein he exposed him as a fraud.

The article attacked his alleged false claim of origin as a descendant of the famous Tinubu family in Lagos, as well as, his alleged false date of birth of 1942, instead of 1952.

His wife, Josephine “Joe” Obiajulu Okei-Odumakin is the famous Nigerian women’s rights activist.

She is the president of the human rights groups, Women Arise for Change Initiative and the Campaign for Democracy.

She has frequently been arrested for her activism, detained 17 times during the military rule of Ibrahim Babangida.

She was involved with over 2,000 cases where a woman’s rights had been disregarded. The cases included extrajudicial killings of women or their husbands by the police. The rights of their children were also ignored by the Nigerian school or even hospital authorities.

In 2013, she was presented an International Women of Courage Award from the United States Department of State.

The award was made by Michelle Obama and John Kerry at the US State Department’s Dean Acheson Auditorium in celebration of International Women’s Day.

More details about Yinka Odumakin will follow…


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