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Yinka Odumakin is dead

The source said the late activist had been on ventilator for two weeks at an undisclosed medical facility.

• April 3, 2021
Yinka Odumakin
Yinka Odumakin

Yinka Odumakin, the spokesman for Yoruba socio-political organisation Afenifere, is dead.

A source disclosed to the Gazette that Mr Odumakin had spent his last two weeks on a ventilator over COVID-19 complications. He was 59.

His younger brother Ademola Odumakin said he took ill a month ago after contracting the deadly virus and was unable to attend their mother’s burial.

Mr Odumakin was notable for his role in the National Democratic Coalition, which opposed the brutal regime of General Sani Abacha after June 12, 1993, elections were annulled.

Mr Odumakin, who was married to another activist Joe Okei-Odumakin, was known for his criticism of the Buhari-led administration. As the spokesman for the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum (SMBLF), Mr Odumakin challenged corruption, political favouritism and nepotism under Mr Buhari’s government.

He also warned the government against attempts to crack down on Sunday Igboho and other southern activists against herdsmen violence.

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