Fani-Kayode, Shehu Sani, Aisha Yesufu, Dele Momodu, ors mourn Yinka Odumakin
Nigerians from various backgrounds and walks of life are mourning the passing away of the later Afenifere spokesman, Mr. Yinka Odumakin.
Below are a few statements from Nigerians:
Former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode:
“I am deeply saddened that we have lost Comrade Yinka Odumakin, one of our brightest and best.
He was a great warrior who feared nothing and who stood for truth and justice right to the end.
The South West and indeed Nigeria has lost one of its greatest sons and brightest stars.
May the Lord forgive him of all his sins, May He honor him with a place in Heaven and May his great and mighty soul rest in peace. Adieu great warrior, until we meet again.
Those of us who had the honor of being called your brother and who stood by you shoulder to shoulder through the most trying times for our people and the most bitter battles for the emancipation of our nation shall miss you dearly.
You were a Spartan and a Roman all rolled into one in every sense of the word.
A great son of the West who inspired millions, who made us proud of who we are and what we stand for, who humbled our collective adversaries and who harboured no fear.
Your legacy is truly blessed and wrapped in glory and it shall surely endure.
Be rest assured that those of us that you have left behind shall pick up the gauntlet, receive the baton, fly the flag and continue the great fight.
And as we enter each new battle we shall call your name in awe and remember you.
May your star shine brightly amongst the hosts of Heaven until we meet again at the marriage feast of the Lamb and may the Lord comfort and strengthen your dear wife, your children and all your loved ones at this difficult time.
The whole of Nigeria mourns you brother. You fought a good fight, you held the line, you stayed the course and now it is time for you to rest. We shall never forget you. Adieu great warrior until we meet again.”
Senator Shehu Sani, lawmaker, human rights activist, author, panAfricanist:
“Yinka Odumakin; It’s unusual for me to send a message to comrade Yinka without a response. That happened just yesterday. A principled activist, a dogged fighter and a distinguished Journalist he was. We lost an indomitable & irrepressible voice for justice. May his soul Rest In Peace.”
Human rights activist, Mrs. Aisha Yesufu:
“Death is not when you can no longer breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbondioxide, death is when you cannot speak in the face of injustice & tyranny because you are afraid to die.
You live on Yinka Odumakin!
May God give your family the fortitude to bear the loss.
Rest in peace.”
Publisher of Ovation Magazine, 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…”
Human rights activist and lawyer, Barr. Inibehe Effiong:
“Rest in peace Comrade Yinka Odumakin. You followed the path you believed with courage and tenacity. As an activist, you were never afraid of speaking truth to power. Your role as the spokesman of Afenifere will not be forgotten.
“My heartfelt condolences to Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin.”
Publisher of SaharaReporters Newspaper, Omoyele Sowore:
“Death is a necessary end! Sad to announce this passing of a friend and fighter, Yinka Odumakin. Rest in Power, Senior Comrade!”