Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has described the death of spokesperson of Afenifere Yinka Odumakin as a rude shock, saying “he died when Yoruba nation and Nigeria at large needed him the most.”
A statement by Ooni’s Director of Media and Public Affairs, Moses Olafare, said: “The news of Odumakin’s demise was a very bitter pill to swallow for the entire country and to us particularly in the House of Oduduwa.
“He was a disciplined Yoruba leader who has been one of the loudest pro-democracy voices in the country.
“The unbeatable fact about this great patriot is that he served the Oodua race incorruptibly till his death enhanced Nigeria’s democracy through his countless calls and actions for justice and equity.
‘’He was a blunt dogged fighter who never compromised his struggle for the betterment of his Oodua race and that of Nigeria for personal friendship.
“One of the good traits of this unique man is his consistency while calling for a fair and just society either in his capacity as an ever-proud comrade or the spokesman of the prominent Afenifere.
“As a disciplined caller for a perfect democratic Nigeria, he did not miss personal opinions and sentiments with his activities towards nation-building. A clear example was his repeated criticism of some policies of the President Muhammadu Buhari led government despite having a good relationship with the president who described him (Odumakin) as a great Patriot.
“Oodua race indeed lost a hero. His shocking death has left us with the great challenge of continuing in the pursuit of a better society for all, we must sustain strive for a better democracy and realize the most-cherished vision of the late Odumakin which is a greater Nigeria for all.’’