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Odumakin’s death a monumental loss to Nigeria – OAU VC


The Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, has mourned the passing of Afenifere spokesman Yinka Odumakin.

WuzupNigeria reported that Odumakin passed away on Saturday from COVID-19 complications as an intensive care unit in the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH.

Ogunbodede, in a statement released on Sunday by OAU’s Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olarewaju, described Odumakin’s death as a monumental loss to the country, the human rights community and the OAU.

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Odumakin is an alumnus of the institution having graduated from the Department of English Language of the institution in 1989.

Ogunbodede said he “was a vibrant student activist, a mass mobiliser, a great orator and the Public Relations Officer of the Students Union.”

The statement said, “As an Alumnus, he assisted the Faculty of Arts in raising funds for a few projects that were of immense benefits to the staff and students.”

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In the same vein, constitutional lawyer and human rights activist, Dr Mike Ozekhome (SAN), said that he thought the news was an April Fool’s prank.

Ozekhome in a statement said, “When I saw a posting concerning Comrade Yinka Odumakin’s death, I thought the poster was still carrying out the pranks of ‘April Fool’s Day’… Out of sheer curiosity, I called one of our soul mates in the human rights and pro-democracy world, Dr Joe Okei Odumakin, who has been a life-long Yinka’s wife.”

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He added that he was devastated when Joe confirmed Yinka’s death, adding that he had “not found my clarity of thought since then.”

Ozokhome described Odumakin as a “courageous wordsmith whose pen is mightier than the sword.”