Dignitaries on Thursday, showered encomiums on the late Yinka Odumakin, spokesman of Afenifere, a pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, as the rites for his funeral commenced in Lagos.
Odumakin died on April 2, 2021, of COVID-19-related complications.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State governor, who spoke at the service of songs and tribute ceremony which held at Police College, Ikeja, said despite his pro-Yoruba stance, Odumakin was interested in a Nigeria where there is fairness to all.
“He espoused what he stood for. He wanted the best for Nigeria. He wanted the best for the Yoruba nation, and he was completely detribalised. He used his voice to advance the needs of the voiceless,” Sanwo-Olu said.
“Until the very end, he kept working, speaking for a Nigeria that we can all be proud of — a Nigeria that’ll be land of justice; a Nigeria that’ll be fair; a Nigeria where equity is the watchword; a Nigeria that’ll truly reflect modern federalism. He was a fighter who fell in his prime.”
Also speaking at the event, Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives, hailed Odumakin’s courage and integrity.
“My knowledge of him was based on admiration — admiration of his qualities, what he stood for, what he represents and who he was.
“When you talk about courage, I’m not sure that we can count any whose name will come before Yinka Odumakin. There lies a man of courage. There lies a man of integrity. There lies a true democrat — a man who stood for truth and nothing else,” he said.
Also present at the event were: Ibikunle Amosun, former governor of Ogun State and senator representing Ogun central; Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra; and Gani Adams, Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland.
Odumakin will be buried on Saturday in his hometown, Moro, in Osun State.