Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday paid a condolence visit to the leader of pan-Yoruba Socio-Cultural group, Afenifere, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, on the demise of the National Publicity Secretary of the group, Yinka Odumakin.
The Bliss News reported that Odunmakin died from the complications of COVID-19 in the early hours of Saturday at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital Covid Isolation Centre according to the wife, Mrs Joe Okei-Odumakin.
Adebanjo had in a tweet described the death of the Afenifere spokesman as “too heavy to bear”.
The late Odumakin got married to a fellow rights activist, Joe, in 1997. He has remained a voice against military despotism in Nigeria.
Odumakin played a major role in the National Democratic Coalition that fought the regime of late military head of state, General Sani Abacha, after the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election.
As Afenifere spokesman, Odumakin spoke tenaciously for the rights of the Yoruba and the people of the South-West geopolitical zone. He was also a staunch critic of the policies and programmes of President, Muhammadu Buhari.
Odumakin has also been very firm on his call for true federalism in Nigeria and decentralisation of the Nigeria police force among other things in proffering solution to the country’s socio-economic challenges.
The late Afenifere spokesman, amongst other things, canvassed the ideas of restructuring, fiscal federalism, decentralised policing as solutions to the country’s socio-economic challenges.