The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has said Yinka Odumakin, the late spokesman of Afenifere, will be remembered forever by people of Yoruba extraction.
The Ooni, who was represented by Sooko Kemade Olagbaju, said this on Saturday at Odumakin’s funeral service, which took place at Origbo Anglican Grammar School, Moro, in Ife North Local Government Area of Osun State.
He said while some people had chosen to mourn Odumakin’s passing, the throne of Oduduwa “has opted to celebrate late dear Peter Olayinka Odumakin”.
The Ooni said Odumakin, in death, remains an unforgettable national personality.
“You were not only a worthy son of the House of Oduduwa, you lived Oduduwa land. You breathed Oduduwa. You worked tirelessly for Oduduwa.
“Your insightfully penetrative perspective on Yoruba cause is uncommon.
“Neither was your incisively biting criticism of our steps, delivered impassionately,” he added.
He further stated that Odumakin was a gift to the people of Moro, “the calmly rustic community in the northern fringes of Ile-Ife.”
According to him, people across Oduduwa land cannot appreciate him enough for what he did during his lifetime.
Odumakin died of complications from coronavirus disease on April 2, 2021, at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).