A part of me is gone, says Joe Odumakin

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A part of me is gone, says Joe Odumakin

 Wife of Afenifere spokesman, Dr. Joe Okei Odumakin on Saturday described her late husband, Yinka Odumakin as irreplaceable.

In a statement, which formally announced the passage of her husband, Dr. Odumakin that he died on Saturday morning at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), where he was being managed for complications arising from COVID-19.

She announced the death of her husband thus: “With gratitude to the Supreme Being for a life well spent, I announce the passing on of my beloved husband, Comrade Yinka Odumakin to the great beyond after a brief illness.

“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.

“I appreciate the outpouring of grief and sympathy from home and abroad as I mourn my irreplaceable soulmate. I urge us all to remain steadfast in the cause of the masses to which he dedicated his life.

“Burial arrangement will be made public in due course.”

Meanwhile, condolence messages have been pouring in with former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel commiserating with Afenifere and the widow of the late Afenifere spokesperson.

Daniel described the death of Odumakin as: “… a dark moment that eclipsed one of the vocal voices of the Yoruba Nation and of social, cultural and political activism in our country Nigeria.

“Yinka lived a good life, and for a great cause and purposes. His memory is well preserved because he stood firmly for all that he believed in. Such men never die.”

He  expressed his deepest condolences to both the wife and leadership of Afenifere, while praying that God should grant his soul great repose and to grant the family the fortitude to bear the very painful loss.

To the wife, the former Governor wrote: “It is surely a harrowing experience to imagine that the man with whom you have spent several years together, starting from your university and students Union days will no longer be there by your side, to offer the comforting words in moments of need. Yinka was your alter ego, a great Comrade and a good companion.”

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar described Odumakin as a patriot and an advocate of good governance, whose death he received with a rude shock.

“  Odumakin was a patriot and strong believer in the promotion of good governance, democracy and the rule of law. I sympathize with all Nigerians who share these same values with Odumakin, especially the Afenifere group of which Yinka was the publicity secretary – a role he played with so much commitment and admiration.

“Much as our heart grieves over this unpleasant development, we must take solace in accepting it as an act of God and acknowledge the fact that Yinka lived a life of purpose in defense of the ordinary people of this country and to enthrone a better Nigeria.

“I condole with his wife, Dr (Mrs) Joe Okei Odumakin and his children and pray that God will grant him eternal rest,” the statement said.

Photo Caption:

L-R: Late Yinka Odumakin and his wife, Joe Okei

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