The news of the demise of the spokesperson of Pan-Yoruba Socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, has sent shock waves across the country.
Odumakin died of COVID-19 complication on Saturday morning at the Intensive Care Unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital.
The activist, who was the chairman of Petals FM, Ibadan, died at the age of 56.
Friends and associates of the deceased have been expressing shock at his demise while many Nigerians have taken to Twitter to mourn his passing.
Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, on his Twitter handle, described Odumakin’s death as a personal loss.
Keyamo described him (Odumakin) and his wife, Joe Okei Odumakin, as long time allies whom he had known separately before they got married.
“Yinka’s death is a personal loss to me. Himself & the wife, Joe, have been my long-time friends & allies. I knew them separately before they met & got married. I just called the wife’s line & they’re still at the hospital. My deepest condolences to Josephine & the Odumakin family,” he said.
Activist, Omoyele Sowore, also expressed sadness at the demise of Odumakin, describing him as “a friend and fighter.”
“Death is a necessary end! Sad to announce this passing of a friend and fighter, Yinka Odumakin. Rest in Power, Senior Comrade!”
“I slept about 5.30am this morning and had to switch off my phones, something I rarely do… Unknown to me TOKUNBO AFIKUYOMI, a mutual friend of YINKA ODUMAKIN and I was trying frantically to reach me… Then I woke up and my first phone froze bec of endless messages….
“I called Tokunbo and he was weeping… This is just so sad. YINKA, please, REST IN PEACE…,” Chairman of Ovation Magazine, Dele Momodu tweeted.
Meanwhile, Afenifere has described the death of its Publicity Secretary as a terrible blow to the group and the country.
The Secretary-General of Afenifere, Basorun Sehinde Arogbofa, who reacted to the news in Akure, said “it’s a terrible blow. A terrible blow to me as a person because we’ve been so intimate.”
Arogbofa added; “He’s been my right-hand man in Afenifere management. It’s terrible.
Yinka should not have gone at this time.
“It’s a terrible blow to Afenifere and Nigeria.
“We’ve lost a brilliant chap with intelligent and brilliant ideas. This is sad, very sad.
“What a pity. I pity his wife Joe”