.. As funeral rites for Odumakin commence in Lagos
Rights activists, politicians and other dignitaries yesterday eulogized the late spokesperson of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin as funeral rites for the deceased commence in Lagos.
The event, tagged:“Day of tributes and service of songs” held at the Police College, Ikeja, Lagos was also used to re-echoed the need to restructure Nigeria.
Among the dignitaries who attended the event and called for restructuring,and immortalization of the deceased were Speaker of the House for Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, the national leader of Afenifere, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, former Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, former Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Are Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, among others.
Obi in his tribute said the greatest problem of Nigeria is the politicians because only few fulfill their promises to the masses.
He said the country would be better if politicians fulfill their promises to the electorate.
The former Anambra State governor held that the best way to immortalize Odumakin was to continue fighting for all that he stood for, which restructuring of the country was part of.
Pa Adebanjo, who broke down in tears while eulogying Odumakin, said the deceasesd would be difficult to replace because of his nature and what he stood for.
He described the late Afenifere Spokesman as a selfless, patriotic, non tribalistic and courageous person who fought for the common man throughout jis lifetime.
The Afenifere leader charged all rights activists present not to let what the decease fought for be in vain.
Governor Sanwo-Olu also showered encomium on the deceased for his doggedness in fighting for the masses and democracy.
Sanwo-Olu urged all rights activists to continue the good work of fighting for the masses and democrazy where Odumakin stopped.
Gani Adams also shared the same view on the need to continue fighting for restructuring in order to immortalise Odumakin.
Wife of the deceased and the President, Women Arise Initiative, Joe-Okei Odumakin in her tribute, said that she would love to go through her life with the deceased Activist if there is reincarnation.
The woman activist described her late husband as an encyclopedia of positive activism while noting that it is difficult to speak about him in the past tense, having known him for three decades.
She, however, stated that the encomiums showered on the deceased would serve as a soothing balm, assuring that his ideals will live forever.
“If there is a reincarnation, I want to go through my life with you again.
“It is extremely difficult to talk about comrade Yinka Odumakin having known him for three decades.
“He is an encyclopedia of positive activism. He was a great live wire.
“We spent 24 years together. Comrade was very selfless. The week before he left before going to the hospital, he told me his itinerary but the Physiotherapist said his oxygen was low. But, he still went ahead with his itinerary for the Nigerian course.
“All that had been said about him would always remain as soothing balm. One thing that is assuring is that his ideals will live forever.” Joe stated.