The spokesman for Afenifere, the Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, is dead. A family source disclosed that he died in the early hours of Saturday following complications from Covid-19.
The source said, “I just spoke with Dr. Joe, his wife. She’s in a panic mode. She said a part of her is gone. Odumakin had been in the ICU of LASUTH for the past one week after being transferred from IDH Yaba”.
Odumakin played a major role in the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) that fought General Sani Abacha’s regime after the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election.
He served as the spokesman of the Apex Yoruba group for over two decades, coordinating the publicity and public relations activities of the group.
The human rights activist was also one of the spokespersons of the body representing ethnic nationalities in the South-West, South-South, Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum (SMBLF) South-East and the Middle Belt.
Married to another activist, Dr. Joe Odumakin, Yinka, was one of the most vocal critics of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government of President Muhammadu Buhari using the Afenifere platform.
He has been consistent in his accusation of the government of partiality and nepotism in appointment into various offices. And he has been unrelenting in condemning the activities of killer herders in the Yoruba land.