Court Sentences Three To Death By Hanging For Killing Funke Olakunrin

A photo combination of the convicts and the late Funke.


An Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure, the state capital, has sentenced three persons to death by hanging for killing Olufunke Olakunrin, the daughter of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

While four persons were accused of the crime – Lawal Mazaje, 40, Adamu Adamu, 50, Mohammed Usman, 26, and Auwal Abubakar, 25 –  the trial judge, Justice William Olamide on Friday, discharged and acquitted one of them – Auwal.

But the counsel to the three defendants says he will study the judgment to see if an appeal could be filed.

On his part, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Ondo State, Charles Titiloye, commended the judgment.

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Olufunke was shot dead on July 12 2019 while traveling between Kajola and Ore, along the Ondo/Ore Highway.

The Ondo State Government had in April 2020 arraigned them at a Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Akure.

The development came one week after police operatives announced their arrest.  The then-Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said they were arrested after the police established enough physical and forensic evidence linking them to her death.

He explained that the investigators later conducted an Identification Parade in Lagos on April 8, leading to the positive and physical identification of three of them by a survivor of an earlier crime.

According to him, the survivor gave a clear description of the roles each of them played in the killing.

“At this point, they capitulated and voluntarily offered a no-holds-barred confession on how Mrs Funke Olakunrin was killed,” he said as of then.

Owo Church Attack: Afenifere Accuses FG Of Monopolising Security


The Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has condemned the attack on a church in Ondo State, accusing the Federal Government of monopolising the nation’s security architecture.

Gunmen had stormed the St Francis Catholic Church in Owo Local Government Area of the state, killing many and injuring others, with many Nigerians including President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, condemning the act.

Shortly after the incident, Afenifere’s Secretary-General, Sola Ebiseni, said the attack is a “deliberate show at testing the self-defence strength of the Yoruba people in resisting the importation of the horrible culture of violence into our land”.

“In all of these, the Federal Government of Nigeria, which against federal precepts, continues  to monopolise security and its architecture, have proven most helpless and irresponsible in securing life and property, an irrefutable sign of the failure of the Nigerian State.”

The association called on the world to “hold the Federal Government of Nigeria responsible for the ensuing consequences of this deliberate assault on the will of the Yoruba people for peace in our land in our unstoppable strives for development matching with the rest of the civilised world”.

Afenifere’s spokesman said the attack is coming a week after the Methodist Church Prelate, Samuel Kanu-Uche, was kidnapped by suspected herdsmen and freed after N100 million was paid as ransom.



The horrendous incident at the St. Francis Catholic Church in the ancient Yoruba city of  Owo, Ondo State, where scores of worshippers were killed by herdsmen wielding most sophisticated weapons is not just an attack  on the Church and  the psyche of all decent people all over the  world but a deliberate show at testing  the self-defence strength of the Yoruba people in resisting the importation  of the horrible culture of violence into our land.

St. Francis Catholic Church, the site of this inhuman carnage,  is not only at the heart of Owo, but in fact sandwiched between the Oba Market and the Palace of the Olowo of Owo, an ancient Yoruba monarchical heritage, long declared a national monument, and epicentre of human civilisation. It is an attack on our traditional economy typified by an Oja Oba and the enduring political culture rated even by colonialists as of immemorial global significance.

We observe that this attack is coming less than a week after the Methodist Prelate was kidnapped by herdsmen and was only ransomed with the huge sum of One Hundred Million Naira with the respected clergy alluding to the complicity of the nation’s security forces in tandem with  the earlier allegation by General Theophilus Danjuma, a former Chief of Staff of the Nigerian Army. In all of these, the Federal Government of Nigeria, which against federal precepts, continues to monopolise security and its architecture, has proven most helpless and irresponsible in securing life and property, an irrefutable sign of the failure of the Nigerian State.

The World be told to hold the Federal Government of Nigeria responsible for the ensuing consequences of this deliberate assault on the will of the Yoruba people for peace in our land in our unstoppable strives for development matching with the rest of the civilised world. We say in clear terms that the noiseless glides of the Amotekun is no sign of fear and that this stamp on the tail of the viper is one too many.

We commiserate with the scores of families who have lost their loved ones, the Church which even in innocence have been bruised, Kabiesi, the Olowo of Owo, whose sacred eyes must not behold the corpse of his subjects and the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, who, in spite of all constitutional odds, has held his head high on the issue of our people’s security.


Sola Ebiseni,

Secretary General, Afenifere.

5th June, 2022.

‘It’s A Question Of Morality’: Afenifere Re-Echoes Call For South-East Presidency

A file photo of Afenifere leader, Ayo Adebanjo.


The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has re-echoed calls for the presidential seat to be zoned to the South-East region of the country, insisting its stance is based on morality. 

The leader of the group, Ayo Adebanjo, said this on Sunday in Ogun State, explaining that the region should produce the next president in the spirit of fairness and unity.

“It is a question of principle. It is a question of morality. It’s a question of being inclusive in everything we do,” he said during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics. “If you want peace, you must have equity.”

According to him, since the South-West has had its turn with former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; the South-South with ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, political parties should zone the post to the South-East.

“Is South-East not in the south? Is it not in Nigeria?” the Afenifere leader asked, maintaining that the country had always given consideration to every part even during the pre-Independence days.

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For him, moves such as federal character and zoning, are some of the things that have given Nigerians a sense of oneness.

“It is because of this inclusiveness we put federal character in the constitution,” he added.

The elder statesman, who also spoke about moves to review the constitution, accused President Muhammadu Buhari of having a “private agenda” for not pushing for the creation of state police in the country.

“Until you change this constitution – it is the problem of the country – you won’t get anywhere and there is evidence that Buhari is not willing because, in my own view, he has a private agenda,” Chief Adebanjo said.

State police, he said, is the panacea to tackling the rising levels of insecurity across the country, lamenting the increased crime rate.

He said the “everyday kidnapping; everyday bombing” and other crimes are serious issues, expressing concerns that they may affect the conduct of next year’s polls.

Afenifere Calls For Govt Of National Unity To Tackle Insecurity

A file photo of Afenifere leader, Ayo Adebanjo.


The pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has called for a Government of National Unity (GNU) ahead of the 2023 general elections.

In a communique issued on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, Afenifere said that the national unity government would help tackle insecurity challenges and midwife a new Democratic Government.

The call followed a meeting held on Wednesday at the country home of its acting leader, Ayo Adebanjo, in Isanya Ogbo, Ogun State.

The group also berated the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s handling of the security challenges, saying that he lacked the capacity to resolve the country’s challenges, hence the need for a government of national unity.

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It also accused the Federal Government of showing that it was incapable and unwilling to tackle the identified problems in the country.

In addition, Afenifere recommended that states that were ready for the management of a police force be allowed to establish one.

It, however, commended the performance of the Amotekun Security Network operating in the South West in collaboration with the security agencies.

According to the group, all criticisms against the establishment of the state police are unfounded and self-serving with the performances of the security outfit.

Read the full text of the communique issued by the group below:

The pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, held its second general meeting 2022 on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. The meeting held at the country home of the Acting Leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, in Isanya Ogbo, Ogun State.

The meeting was attended by some leaders and members of Afenifere from all the states in Yorubaland.

Among the leaders in attendance were the former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Senator Kofo Bucknor-Akerele, Chief Supo Sonibare as well as Chairmen and Members from the States.

The Ag. Leader welcomed Members and urged them to be more committed. The meeting deliberated extensively on various issues pertaining to the Nigerian nation, especially in the way they affect the Yorubas.

The meeting reviewed the various challenges that Nigeria is facing particularly the choking insecurity that is threatening the country very seriously. The situation is now so precarious that no part of the country is safe at any time.

The meeting also discussed the general elections slated for next year, 2023. An issue that Afenifere has been advocating, Restructuring, was also discussed once again.

After extensive deliberations, Afenifere resolved as follows:

The situation in the country is in a more decisive manner. In view of the seriousness of the situation and considering the fact that the present administration under President Muhammadu Buhari has shown that it is incapable and unwilling to tackle the identified problems, Afenifere hereby strongly advocates for a Government of National Unity.

Such a Government of National Unity is to tackle the insecurity problems and midwife a new Democratic Government.

Once again, Afenifere is reiterating its position that restructuring of the Nigerian State must take place before the much-vaunted elections.

We also recommend that States that are ready must be allowed to establish their own Police Forces. The performance of Amotekun Security Network in the South West in conjunction with the Nigerian Police has shown clearly that all the criticisms against State Police are unfounded and self-serving.

Signed by Afenifere National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Jare Ajayi.

Kaduna Airport Attack: Stop Treating Terrorists With Kid Gloves, Afenifere Tells FG

File photo of Kaduna International Airport. INSET: President Muhammadu Buhari.


The pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has reacted to the Saturday invasion of Kaduna Airport by terrorists and urged the Federal Government to stop handling the insecurity challenge with kid gloves.

Afenifere in a statement signed on Sunday by National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, described the invasion of Kaduna airport as an issue of serious concern and warned that some people seem to be bent on re-enacting the Afghanistan situation in Nigeria.

The group also called for the set-up of state police in handling rising insecurity.

“The Federal Government should immediately allow states to set up their own police forces, empower the existing security agencies, and stop treating terrorists with kid gloves. These must be done immediately so that Nigeria does not go the Afghanistan way,” Ajayi said in the statement.

The Yoruba organisation called on all those who believe in freedom, peaceful co-existence, personal liberty, true knowledge, and progress to rise up with a view to ensuring that those who should act do so immediately.

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The group listed some security infractions that took place between Friday and Saturday in parts of the country and regretted that it was as though the country is at war in those areas where the unfortunate incidents occurred.

Afenifere said communities were sacked in Kaduna, Niger, and Enugu States, leading to the loss of lives and burning down of property.

“It is a matter of serious concern that these security infractions happened at a time that the government kept assuring us that it was on top of the situation. Some of these attacks by terrorists even occurred in broad daylight, that of Kaduna airport and that of Enugu for instance,” the group lamented.

Afenifere said with terrorists having the audacity to attack a national airport despite all the available security apparatus, means that hardly is anywhere safe any longer in the country.

The group called on President Buhari to use the remaining 14 months left in his tenure to reverse the ugly fate that has be-devilled the country in all spheres of life.

They also called on state governors to be more creative in dealing with the challenges in their respective states and stop looking up to the Federal Government for succour – as experiences so far indicated that they would be waiting endlessly and things would be getting worse.

2023: Afenifere Backs South East Presidency


The pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has backed calls for the South East to produce the country’s next president, questioning those who think the region does not deserve the seat.

The leader of the group, Ayo Adebanjo, said this on Wednesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, hinging his argument on federal character and equity. He said while the South South and South West have tasted power at the centre, the same cannot be said of the Igbo-dominated South East.

“How can you say rotation in the North and South, so when it comes to the South, it would be South-West and South-South every time? Is the South East not part of the South? What is the moral we are talking about?” he asked during the show.

“Is it not the South West that has served [through] Obasanjo for eight years, Osinbajo for another eight years as vice president? [The] South-South has served its own. Is the South East not part of the South? That is the question we should answer,” the elder statesman added.


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‘No Sincerity In Constitution Amendment’: Adebanjo Insists 1999 Constitution Must Be Replaced

‘A Constitution That Lies’

The elder statesman believes the amendments to the constitution were not people-centred.


According to him, the country adopted federal character to cater for weaker parts of the nation, a move he maintained, has helped to foster unity among Nigerians.

Talking about merit when it comes to the 2023 presidential election would hurt the gains made so far, he said.

“It doesn’t help the unity of this country if anybody is talking about merit now. It is because of the heterogeneity of the country; to keep us together that the question of this rotation comes in; to accommodate ourselves as much as possible,” Adebanjo explained.

“Why do you want to overlook that now? Coming to the South for the 2023 presidential candidate is the equity, moral, and principle, except we are deceiving ourselves.”

The Afenifere leader also faulted the just-concluded constitutional amendment by the National Assembly, describing it as insincere.

“There is no sincerity in the amendment,” he said a day after lawmakers voted on over 60 proposed amendments.

As far as he is concerned, the amendments did not carry the people along and thus were not a reflection of the true yearnings of Nigerians.

“Who are those making the amendment? Those are the beneficiaries of fraud in the Constitution,” he said. “How are you amending a Constitution you didn’t take part in. Did we make it? What is our input? A Constitution that tells lies about itself.”

Afenifere Laments Worsening Insecurity, Kidnapping Along-Lagos Ibadan Road


The pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, has lamented the rising levels of insecurity in Nigeria, just as it decried kidnappings along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

In a statement by its spokesman, Jare Ajayi, on Wednesday, Afenifere said the government has not done enough to tackle insecurity in the country, calling for more stringent actions from security agencies and the leaders.

It noted that “the kidnapping of seven people around Isara Remo on Lagos/Ibadan Expressway on Sunday, January 17, 2022, was another evidence that governments in Nigeria have failed in their primary duties of providing security and welfare for the people.”

The body recalled that earlier in the year some persons were also reportedly abducted at Onigaari Village on the same Lagos/Ibadan Expressway while others escaped being kidnapped on the same route last week.

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Afenifere also recalled the kidnappings and attacks on communities in Ondo, Ogun, Osun and Ekiti state, noting that “these are unacceptable and must be stopped forthwith by all means”.

“Reports had it that some displaced terrorists in the northern part of the country led by one Belo Turji are making incursions into Yorubaland in the western part of Nigeria,” the statement added.

While acknowledging that President Muhammadu Buhari knows the country’s security challenges, it said the lamentations of some northern governors have not served as enough wake-up call to the government to tackle insecurity headlong.

Giving orders is not enough, the group said, adding that “the appropriate panacea is not being applied to the scourge. And until this is done, the situation may be getting worse each passing day”.

As part of solutions to the problem, the Afenifere called for the removal of security from the exclusive list, and the enforcement of the anti-open grazing laws among others.

Afenifere believes “that no matter the stride President Buhari makes on the Nigeria project, the worsening security and economic conditions in the country would rubbish his efforts and ultimate achievements”.

Attack On Sunday Igboho A Sad Reminder Of What Nigerians Went Through Under Abacha – Afenifere

Two persons were reportedly killed in the attack and many properties destroyed.


Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has reacted to the attack on the residence of Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho.

Acting Leader of the group, Chief Ayo Adebanjo in a statement signed on Thursday by the National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi said the attack was a “sad reminder of what Nigerians went through under the inglorious regime of late General Sani Abacha.”

The group said further that, “the attack is a sad indicator that we are fast returning to the era of late Sani Abacha when anyone who expressed opinions contrary to government’s position would be fatally attacked.”

According to Afenifere, the manner of the attack indicated culpability on the part of those in authority.

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“We are forced into this deduction for a number of reasons. Firstly, eyewitness accounts indicated that the vehicles and uniforms of the attackers were that of the security agencies.

“Secondly, the failure of security agencies to confront the attackers further implicated the government. It was reported that the attack lasted for more than three hours. Igboho’s residence is in a highly-populated area within minutes’ reach to surrounding police stations. That no rescue team came from any of the police units including the DSS office in Ibadan for the several hours that the attack lasted makes it difficult not to believe that the government is complicit in the attack,” the statement read in part.

Afenifere made reference to how voices that were opposed to the dictatorial tendencies of the Abacha regime were suppressed.

“We recalled how patriots like General Alani Akinrinade, Pa Abraham Adesanya, Pa Alfred Rewane etc were attacked resulting in the untimely and gruesome murder of Pa Rewane.”

The pan-Yoruba organization said it is forced to make this deduction because Sunday Igboho is known to be at the forefront of agitations to have the Yoruba nation.

“What is wrong in canvassing for self-determination so long as such agitation is devoid of violence? The constitution the country is running guarantees the right of every Nigerian to express an opinion and even carry out rallies as long as such is done without violence.

“To the best of our knowledge, none of the rallies that Sunday Igboho has led in his campaign for the Yoruba nation could be said to be violent nor was he implicated in illegal activities. Why then should he be subjected to the kind of treatment his household received on Thursday morning?”

The body then maintained that a total stop must be put to the unprovoked attack on innocent citizens in the country.

The attack on Sunday Igboho’s residence came less than 72 hours to the plan by Igboho and others to hold a rally in Lagos to further canvass for the Yoruba nation this Saturday.

Two persons were reportedly killed in the attack.

Open Grazing Ban: Afenifere Backs Southern Govs, Says Move Not A Constitutional Matter

South West Leaders Meet, Insist On Restructuring Of Nigeria


The Pan Yoruba Socio-political group, The Afenifere has opposed the statement of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami against the ban on open grazing by Governors in the Southern States of Nigeria.

A statement from the Secretary-General of the Association, Olusola Ebiseni maintains that the declaration of the Governors is legal and not a constitutional matter.

“Contrary to his latest vituperations, the ban on open grazing and movement of animals by foot is not a denial of “freedom and liberty of movement” and does not require the slightest touch of the constitution for the governor to pronounce.”

The statement notes that most states in the southern part of Nigeria already have the anti-grazing law in place.

“For the attention of Malami, most of the states already have laws banning open grazing and the pronouncement of the Governors was merely to give effect to an existing law.”

According to Ebiseni, The Afenifere is backing the southern governors’ position:

“We in the Afenifere support the resolutions of the Southern Governors banning open grazing and movement of cattle by foot in our territory.”

“Those who can cope with the destruction of farmlands and produce by animals and are also permissive of criminality by terrorist herdsmen are free to open their vast lands for such purposes.”

With this statement from Malami, Afenifere says the average Nigerian has lost confidence in the Buhari administration:

“Officials of the Federal Government should be advised that their jaundiced sectarian views are eloquent testimony that the Buhari administration has lost the confidence of the generality of Nigerians.”

To Save Nigeria From Disintegration, Restructure The Country Now – Afenifere Tells Buhari

Chief Ayo Adebanjo


The pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to save the country from disintegration by heeding calls for restructuring.

According to the group, this is the only solution that could halt any form of disintegration of the country.

The acting National Leader of the group, Ayo Adebanjo, made the call on Friday, after a meeting held at his country home in Ogbo Ijebu, Odogbolu Local Government Area of Ogun State.

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He also advised President Buhari to bury the idea of general elections come 2023 without the necessary restructuring of the country to the path of federalism

“I urged President Muhammadu Buhari to bury the idea of holding an election before returning to federalism by restructuring the country now.

“There must be a country before elections are held; it would be patriotic of him to heed this advice. If Buhari is sincere about keeping the country together, he must restructure the country now; this is the only answer to halt the disintegration of the country. To save Nigeria, restructure the country now,” Adebanjo said.

He added that the consistent advocacy for the restructuring of the country to federalism is based on the founding philosophy of Afenifere.

Adebanjo appreciated other groups such as PANDEF, The Northern Elders Forum, Arewa Consultative Forum, and Middle Belt Forum for joining in the restructuring crusade for a greater and better Nigeria

He also hailed the Southern Governors Forum for joining the calls for restructuring.

Afenifere ‘In Total Support Of’ Governors Ban On Open Grazing

A group photograph of state governors in southern Nigeria after a meeting in Asaba, Delta State on May 11, 2021.


Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has said it is in support of the ban on open grazing announced by Southern Governors on Tuesday.

In a communique issued on Friday at the end of a meeting held in Ogun State, the group also reiterated its call for restructuring.

The Governors announced the ban on Tuesday after meeting in Delta State.

They also called for President Muhammadu Buhari to address the nation over the state of insecurity.

“Afenifere is in total support of the decision of Governors of the 17 states in Nigeria banning open grazing of livestock in any of the states that they control,” the Afenifere communique said.

“Afenifere felt that although the declaration by the governors ought to have come long before now, given the atrocities that have arisen from open grazing, it is better late than never.”

The Afenifere communique added that “despite various steps taken and appeals made by state governments and communities, herders continue to graze their cattle on farms of our people.

“When the farmers tried to protest, they (the farmers) are harassed, maimed and sometimes killed. Our female folks are raped. This is a very important reason for the need to completely outlaw open grazing with severe penalties for any violator.”

On Restructuring

The group said it was “delighted” that the idea of restructuring as a mechanism for preventing the breakup of Nigeria “is becoming more popular and winning converts on a daily basis.”

It said it has been advocating for a federal system for Nigeria since 1953.

“A Constitution based on Federalism was operating in the country until 1966 when the military consigned the Constitution into the dust bin,” the communique said.

“Since then, Nigeria has not been enjoying true federalism.

“We in Afenifere believe very strongly that failure to practise federalism and increasing Unitarisation of the country were largely responsible for the travails Nigeria is suffering today – and will continue to suffer – unless Nigeria is restructured!

“We have no doubt about this at all.

“We are happy to note that some who were either opposed to Restructuring or hesitant of it are now embracing it. We therefore demand that Restructuring should be effected NOW!”

Afenifere said when the 8th National Assembly called for Memoranda on Constitutional Review, it had submitted a Memorandum.

“Of course the 1999 Constitution meant to be reviewed is what we are insisting should be jettisoned,” the communique said.

“But since we don’t have any other document other than this 1999 Constitution with which the affairs of the country is being run, we feel that it is sensible to submit a Memorandum that clearly states our own position.

“Our hope is that the National Assembly will be sincere in its effort at reviewing the Constitution.”

The meeting that produced the Friday communique was held at the house of the group’s acting leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, in Sanya-Ogbo, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.

Yoruba is one of Nigeria’s three largest ethnic groups.

Odumakin Died Of COVID-19 Complications, Afẹ́nifẹ́re Confirms

The spokesperson for Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, speaks during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on November 5, 2020.


Yoruba socio-cultural organization, Afẹ́nifẹ́re has confirmed that its former spokesman Yinka Odumakin passed away due to complications from COVID-19.

Mr. Odumakin’s death was announced early Saturday prompting tributes from President Muhammadu Buhari, other top government officials and eminent Nigerians.

“It is with extreme sadness and sorrow that The Afẹ́nifẹ́re regret to announce the passing away of our Publicity Secretary Mr Yinka Odumakin which occurred on the 3rd day of April, 2021,” a statement from Afẹ́nifẹ́re, signed by its General Secretary, Mr Sola Ebiseni, said.

“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.”

The statement lauded Mr Odumakin’s character and praised him for his selfless service to the Yoruba body.

“Our organisation which is 70 years old this very month has had the services of our Dear Publicity Secretary for 17 years, uninterrupted, Unbroken,” it said.

“He served The Afẹ́nifẹ́re with all his might, power, intellect and soul. Steadfast, Forthright unalloyed!

“Mr Yinka Odumakin was a heart of loyalty personified. We will miss him. The Yorùbá that the Afẹ́nifẹ́re serve, will miss him. The nation Nigeria at these times needs him and will miss his invaluable services at these most difficult times of our debilitating challenges.

“On behalf of our Leader and Leader of The Yorùbá, the Afẹ́nifẹ́re extend our condolences to his immediate family We admit, endurance is an elusive virtue at these difficult times, but we counsel the family to embrace Fortitude at these trying times.”