Yinka Odumakin, the National Publicity Secretary of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation Afenifere, has died at the age of 56.
He died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) COVID-19 Isolation Centre on Saturday after contracting the virus.
His wife, Mrs Joe Okei-Odumakin, confirmed this to the Punch on Saturday.
“A part of me is gone. A part of me is gone. He fought hard at the intensive care unit. Pray for me to survive this. My love is gone.
“He was OK before. Even on March 10 he was still attending meetings. He was recovering yesterday but he died this morning. I am at the intensive care unit. A part of me is gone,” she told the newspaper.
Odumakin was a human rights activist who played a vital role in the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) that fought General Sani Abacha’s regime after the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election.
He was the apex Yoruba group’s spokesman for over two decades, coordinating the publicity and public relations activities of the group.
As Afenifere spokesman, Odumakin spoke for the rights of the Yoruba and the people of the South-West geopolitical zone.
He was also a prominent critic of the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government over alleged impartiality and favouritism in appointment into various offices and the unchecked activities of killer herders in the South-West region.