* ‘Odumakin’s death is tragic, a great loss’
* ‘His struggles for a just and just Nigeria to be immortalized’
By Clifford Ndujihe
Veteran Olawale Okunniyi, chairman of the pro-democracy movement of Nigeria on June 12th, announced a 7-day mourning of Nigerian pro-democracy activists over the loss of Mr. Yinka Odumakin, who was in Lagos this morning after a brief illness has passed to the great.
Speaking to leaders of the June 12th movement this morning, Okunniyi said virtually that Yinka Odumakin was one of the keenest and most productive comrades of the pro-democracy movement in Nigeria, who had spent most of his adult life advocating for one Establishing just and just Nigeria deserves to be immortalized by the pro-democracy movement.
In a statement on June 12 by Obafemi Olubori, media assistant for the Pro Democracy Movement of Nigeria, Okunniyi was quoted as saying, among other things, as follows on Saturday:
“Odumakin and other members of the National Conscience Party, NCP, led by Blessed Memory Chief Gani Fawehinmi, started the Campaign for Democracy, CD by Dr. Beko Ransome Kuti, teamed up to bring military rule out of power. As fate would have it, he met his heartbreaker and greatest supporter, Joe Okei, for this struggle that led to the restoration of current democratic rule in Nigeria. “
“Yinka and his wife, Joe Okei Odumakin, also pioneered the June 12th Stakeholder Group which later transformed into the June 12th coalition and later the pro-democracy movement of Nigeria on June 12th. So he paid his dues for Nigeria and deserves to be mourned and immortalized by Nigeria’s pro-democracy movement, ”said Okunniyi
Okunniyi said the movement would open registers of condolence at its offices in Abuja and Lagos over the seven days of national mourning and expect Nigerian pro-democracy activists to put a black mark on their outfit during the seven-day period that begins Tuesday, April 6th to Monday, April 12th, 2021
Finally, on behalf of the entire pro-democracy movement, he pitied the Odumakin family, especially his wife Joe Okei Odumakin, whom he described as the pride of the civil society struggle, and Afenifere, the Pan Yoruba organization that Odumakin served until his service and prayed that God would grant them the grace to endure the great irreparable loss of Yinka Odumakin.
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