The supreme Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, is saddened by the unfortunate passage of Yinka Odumakin.
The late Odumakin was a rights activist and spokesperson for the supreme Yoruba socio-cultural body, Afenifere until his demise.
Odumakin died on Saturday after recovering from COVID-19.
Reacting to the disappearance of Afenifere spokesman Ohanaeze Ndigbo in a statement by his secretary general Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro and made available to DAILY POST on Saturday evening, said the late Yinka Odumakin was a real supporter of the restructuring , and also, has sacrificed a lot to deepen the nation’s democracy through its critiques of the government’s draconian policies.
The top Igbo group further said it was saddened that Yinka Odumakin passed away at a time when the country was searching for solutions to its startup problems ranging from insecurity to a declining economy.
Ohanaeze urged the federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari to embrace some of Odumakin’s laudable ideas to address the myriad of challenges ravaging the country.
The socio-cultural organization said Chief Afenifere would be greatly missed for his patriotism, frankness and tenacity in the ongoing struggle for a genuine and united Nigeria, devoid of ethnic sentiments.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, in the statement, however, expressed his condolences to Odumakin’s family, Afenifere and the Yoruba nation as a whole for the sudden death of Yinka, praying to Almighty God to grant his soul rest. eternal.
Further, mourning the unfortunate demise of Yinka Odumakin, the Chief Senate Whip and former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Kalu, expressed his sadness over the death of the prominent activist and spokesperson. spoken by the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere.
Boasting the virtues of the fervent defender of democracy, Kalu stressed that Odumakin had contributed to the enthronement and maintenance of democracy in Nigeria, adding that he will be remembered for his worthy legacies.
The former governor, while sending his sincere condolences to the wife of the deceased, Dr Joséphine Odumakin and to the Afenifere group, called on the Odumakin family to take comfort in the fact that the deceased lived a consecrated life in the service of the ‘humanity.
In a statement on Saturday, Senator Kalu said: “I received with surprise the painful news of the disappearance of the spokesperson for the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere and renowned activist, Dr. Yinka Odumakin.
“The late Odumakin was bold, courageous, selfless, patriotic and fearless and, as such, these attributes made him a notable and respected figure in his endeavors.
“He has played a key role in the socio-political development of Nigeria, especially as a strong advocate for a just and equitable society.
“His good deeds will continue to speak for him.”
The former governor, who prayed for the rest of Odumakin’s soul, urged the family of the deceased to maintain the exceptional qualities of the late activist.