The executive Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde has stated that the death of the National Publicity Secretary of the pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, is a personal loss; he lost a brother, and the Yoruba genealogy lost an icon.
Makinde, revealed that the news of Odumakin’s demise came as a rude shock and saddened his countenance, commiserating with Dr Joe-Okei Odumakin, the wife of the late Afenifere chieftain, members of the pan-Yoruba socio-political group and the entire Yoruba tribe.
He painted the late Afenifere spokesman as a true Yoruba offspring, who symbolised the ethos of Omoluabi, a tenacious and credible fighter of the Yoruba cause and an advocate of good governance.
In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, he cited the governor as adding that Odumakin’s death has created an abyss in Yorubaland and Nigeria.
The governor said: “Words failed me as I accept the news of the death of a wonderful brother and friend, a true Yoruba son and a true fighter of the cause of our nation, Yinka Odumakin.
“This is a personal loss to me, a massive loss to the Yoruba tribe and Nigeria, because Odumakin, apart from being a true Yoruba son and an embodiment of the Omoluabi ethos, is an advocate of good governance and true federalism.
“I commiserate with his dear wife, Dr Joe-Okei Odumakin, the Afenifere family and the entire Yoruba race on the death of a true son and friend of the Yoruba Tribe, and I pray to God to grant every one of us the fortitude to bear this loss.
“While we submit to the will of God Almighty, who retains the right to spare or to kill any mortal, we are convinced that values and ideals that Odumakin fought for in his lifetime have not died with him.”