Some notable personalities, on Friday, April 15, 2022, gathered in Lagos state to celebrate the one year anniversary of late human rights activist, Yinka Odumakin who died 3rd of April, 2021 to Covid 19 complications.
Dignitaries namely: Pa Ayo Adebanjo, the nonagenarian Afenifere leader, the Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, Pastor Tunde Bakare and his wife, Pastor (Mrs.) Laide Bakare, fiery human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, Olumide Fusika (SAN), and some other notable persons, were all present at the Lagos Friday event to pay tributes to the Osun state born Yinka Odumakin at the first year anniversary of his transition.
L-R: Zach Adedeji, Iba Gani Adams, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, Femi Falana (SAN), Pa. Ayo Onabanjo, Pastor Tunde Bakare & His Wife, Pastor (Mrs.) Laide Bakare
During the event, the Oluyinka Odumakin Foundation, as well as a book launch was held in the memory of late illustrious son of Yoruba descent.
While Pa Adebanjo insisted at the event that, “Elections without restructuring (Nigeria) is an exercise in futility,”, Senior Advocate Femi Falana said, the courts is a place of succor for any politician who wants to challenge some of the excesses of the federal government, adding that, “the struggle for freedom is not an easy battle.”
To Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, late Odumakin was a true compatriot. He expressed the fact that his comradeship with Odumakin was a very interesting one because he (Yinka) always stood by him especially during his challenging moments.
In Bakare’s opinion, the memory of Oluyinka Odumakin, who he referred to as ‘the Just’, is blessed forever.
He narrated how his path crossed with Yinka In 2009 before the formation of Save Nigeria Group, (SNG), in 2010.
Bakare said, ever since then, Yinka and himself worked together towards berthing a new Nigeria until his unexpected demise.
Book Reviewer Olumide Fusika said the state governors are stifling the local governments funds and have rendered it ineffective.
Fusika, corroborating what some speakers had earlier mentioned, is also of the opinion that it is until true federalism is in operation in Nigeria, that is when government will be more effective.
Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, widow of the deceased, expressed her appreciation to friends and colleagues of her late husband who stood by the family especially during their moments of grief.
She assured all present that the Oluyinka Odumakin Foundation will strive to work hard in order to sustain the ideals that her late husband stood for, when he was alive.
Yinka Odumakin died at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital from coronavirus complications. He was aged 54 years.
Shortly after his death, his wife, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin gave birth to a set of twins that brought joy to the family and many Nigerians.