Human rights and political activist, Comrade Mark Adebayo, who is the Executive Director of SecureWorld and Liberty Initiative for Peace, SELIP, and Co-National Spokesman for the Coalition of United Political Parties CUPP, has expressed shock and dismay at the sudden death of the late spokesperson of Afenifere Renewal Group, Yinka Odumakin.
A press statement personally signed by Comrade Mark Adebayo said that the news of Yinka’s passing was not only shocking and unbelievable but utterly devastating.
“The Yoruba nation and the entire Nigeria as a country have lost one of the most brilliant stars in the African constellation. It’s sunset at noon. Yinka was a committed fighter for justice and equity in Nigeria, a cause to which he dedicated himself to up to his last breath. Let the sun dim its ray, let the breeze still its air, let the sea hold its peace, let the birds chirp in low tones, let the music stop, let mother Africa mourn for she has just lost one of her sterling offsprings. Nigeria, cry for you are bereaved. Yorubaland, wail your heart out for a great son has been taken away from you never to be seen again”.
“I am devastated, I am confused, I am still in a state of denial but reality can be bitter. I’ve lost a dear friend, an irreplaceable colleague, and a motivator. Yinka, you left at a critical junction of Nigeria’s volatility when your invaluable experience, incredible intelligence and tireless commitment to the noble causes of humanity are desperately needed. I’m yet to think of any worthy replacement to fill the humongous hiatus of honor that your sudden departure has left gaping. As you have transcended to higher climes, I can only wish you a peaceful journey to yonder. I pray that your immediate family, especially your amazing wife whom I spoke with just five days ago asking after your health, Comrade Dr. Joe-Okei Odumakin, that God will grant them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. It’s our loss as Nigerians, it’s our loss as Yoruba nation, it’s our loss as activists, it’s our loss as friends and colleagues.Yinka’s death is a loss to all of us”.
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“Although we mourn now and we will mourn for a long time to come, but Yinka lived a fulfilled, noble, productive and blessed life. His life is worth celebrating.
“It is on this note that I call on all the governors of Southwestern states and the Federal Government to immortalize him by naming worthwhile monuments in his memory or establish an annual event in his honour. He deserves it and even more.”
“Yinka came, he saw and was more than a conqueror. Journey well, my dear brother and friend. O ma se o!”.