Uphold The Legacy Of Late Odumakin, Sanwo-Olu Tells Politicians

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu .

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has asked politicians and members of the Civil Society Organisations, to uphold the legacy and struggle of the late Yinka Odumakin, former National Publicity Secretary of pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere.

The governor stated this on Thursday while speaking at the lying-in-state, day of tributes and service of songs as parts of the funeral rites for the late human rights activist, Governor Sanwo-Olu urged ‘comrades of like minds’ not to abruptly end what Yinka Odumakin believed, stood and worked for during his lifetime.

The Governor also charged them to keep working hard for a Nigeria that will be a land of justice, fairness, and where equity would become the watchword and reflect true federalism.

He said: “Yinka was one-half of the most formidable couple that we have seen in our history and the other half is his beloved wife, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, who now sadly has to continue this struggle without her husband, fellow comrade and big friend that I know he is to her. My sister, you will continue to push on strongly in the trenches.

Governor Sanwo-Olu speaks with the wife of late Yinka Odumakin, Joe

 

“We are passionate about what he believed in and what he stood for. He wanted the best for Nigeria. He wanted the best for his Yoruba nation but he was completely detribalised and he used his voice to advance the cause and the needs of the voiceless. Until the very end, he kept going.

“He kept speaking up, he kept working hard for a Nigeria that we all can be truly proud of.

A Nigeria that will be land of justice, a Nigeria that will be fair, a Nigeria where equity would become the watchword, and a Nigeria that will truly reflect true modern federalism.

But the Almighty God who we cannot query did not allow Yinka to finish. As some people have said, he was a fighter who fell in his prime.

“At a time like this, we are all short of words but we will continue to hold on to the legacy and what he believed and lived for. All comrades of like minds should ensure that they don’t abruptly end what Yinka Odumakin stood for, what he believed in, and what he had worked for. That is a charge for each and every one of us.”

Speaking at the event, Afenifere Leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, who shed tears uncontrollably while paying tributes to his organisation’s spokesman said ĺOdumakin is an irreplaceable material.

Adebanjo, who broke the barrier of culture to attend the funeral rites, urged human rights activists to continue in the spirit of Yinka Odumakin, by being courageous and fearless if they truly love the deceased.

“I am not God, I am a human being. There is nothing impossible for God to do but as a human being, I will say it will be difficult to replace Yinka. Where can we find a young man of his age, not materialistic pursuing a cause he believes in selflessly, courageously, relentlessly, and consistently? Yinka, God knows you are a blessing to Nigeria,” he said.

Speaking in tears, Adebanjo said: “It is not easy to talk about Yinka. Yinka is an irreplaceable material. Why should I be here? You can’t question him, leaving a man of 93 to take a man of 55-years. God, you are omnipotent, please replace him quickly for us.”

Also speaking, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila said he left the Green chamber where he was presiding to pay last respect to the late Odumakin, who he described as “a man of courage, integrity, true democrat and a man who stood for truth and nothing else”

The Speaker, therefore, charged Nigerians to make a positive impact during their lifetime by rendering service to humanity so that they can be remembered after their demise.

The widow of the late Afenifere spokesman, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, who described her husband as an “encyclopedia of positive activism” said the tributes by Nigerians will continue to embolden her to do more by continuing what her husband fought and stood for.

“One thing that will never make me break down is that his ideals will live forever; his legacy will remain. All that he has lived for remains. Yinka, you are not dead; you are alive, you will continue to live in our unconsciousness. And to live in the unconsciousness of the people is to live forever. Yinka Odumakin, my comrade lives on,” she said.

The lying-in-state, day of tributes and service of songs was attended by Mr. Tayo Ayinde, the Chief of Staff to Governor Sanwo-Olu; former governors –Mr. Peter Obi (Anambra), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), and Senator Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), ex-Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Senator Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele; Pastor Ituah Ighadalo of Trinity House Church, Afenifere chieftains, politicians and human rights activists among others.

Lagos Deputy Governor Visits Late Odumakin’s Family, Describes Him As Patriotic Nigerian

Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, and the Wife of the late Afenifere Spokesperson, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin when the Deputy Governor led officials of the state government on a condolence visit to the family in Omole, Lagos on Tuesday.

 

Lagos State Government has described the death of the late spokesperson of the Yoruba Pan-Cultural Group, Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odunmakin as very shocking and a great loss to the nation.

The Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat stated this today when he led other officials of the State on a condolence visit to the Omole home of the Odunmakins on behalf of the state government.

Dr. Hamzat who further described the late Afenifere spokesman as a patriotic and genuine Nigerian said the human rights activist will be greatly missed.

Dr. Hamzat said, “Yinka was a true Nigerian, patriotic and genuine. He will be missed greatly. May the good Lord grant him eternal rest.”

Chief of State to Lagos State Governor, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat and the Wife of the late Afenifere Spokesperson, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin when the Deputy Governor led officials of the state government on a condolence visit to the family in Omole, Lagos on Tuesday.

 

Expressing the condolences of the state government, Dr. Hamzat stated that the demise of Mr. Yinka Odumakin is more painful and a big loss bearing in mind that the deceased still has aged parents. He prayed that God gives the family the fortitude to bear the loss.

He, however, admonished the family to take solace in the fact that while alive he fought for the masses and contributed immensely to a developed and better Nigeria.

While stating that COVID-19 is not a hoax, the Deputy Governor implored Nigerians to understand and take caution as the Coronavirus is still much with us and that they should observe all COVID-19 protocols.

Prayers were later offered for the repose of the soul of the deceased and the wellbeing of the family.

Accompanying the Deputy Governor on the condolence visit was the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Tayo Ayinde.

The State delegation was received by the Widow, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin.