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Odumakin was vilified, defamed by those praising him in death – Shehu Sani


Former Senator, Shehu Sani, has taken a shot at those who condemned the late Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, in his life but chose to praise him after his demise.

WuzupNigeria reported that Odumakin died on Saturday at an intensive care unit in Lagos State after previously battling COVID-19.

Odumakin was formerly a spokesman to Retd Major General Muhammadu Buhari in 2011 when he ran for President as the standard-bearer of the now-defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC). Buhari had lost the election in 2011 but eventually became president in 2015 and won re-election in 2019.

The President, who is on medical leave in London, United Kingdom, and some politicians and political parties have reacted to the death of the activist with several condolence messages.

However, Sani, in a statement on his verified Twitter handle on Sunday suggested that some of those messages were mere cover.

He suggested that the late Odumakin was viewed as an irritant and was defamed for statements he made while he was still alive.

Although he didn’t mention names, Sani said that “They castigated, vilified and defame the man (Odumakin) for every statement he made; they viewed him as a thorn and an irritant on their path, they never called him or pick his calls. They are praising him when he is dead.”.

Meanwhile, Buhari, in his condolence messages described the late Odumakin as “dutiful, and a person of conviction, expressing sorrow at his demise, when he had a lot more to contribute to society and the nation at large.

“President Buhari prays God to grant repose to the soul of the departed activist, and comfort all those who mourn him.”