*laid to rest at Moro, Osun state, his country home
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Leader of Afenifere, Pa Ayo Adebanjo on Saturday described the late Publicity Secretary of the Pan Yoruba Socio cultural group Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin as an uncompromising Awoist.
Chief Adebanjo said this while speaking during a funeral service held for late Yinka Odumakin at the Origbo Anglican Grammar School, Moro, Osun State.
The Afenifere leader pointed out that the late Afenifere Publicity Secretary was an uncompromising Awoist, a progressive to the core, who has achieved a feat that will never be forgotten.
Emphasizing that the late Odumakin consistently fought against injustice and political imbalance, Chief Adebanjo tasked all other Afenifere members to emulate the good virtues of Yinka Odumakin.
“Yinka fought against imperialism, Fulanisation and colonisation by calling for the restructuring of the country, but he never advocated secession.”, he said.
Speaking at the funeral service, Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, said the late Yinka Odumakin, remained a shining light even in death, saying, Odumakin’s works will continue to be a shining star to light the path of generations coming,
Stressing that the late activist always spoke truth to power, Gov Makinde tasked other Afenifere members left behind in Afenifere to carry the battle for a just society to a logical conclusion.
“Well, what can I say? Yinka and I are about the same age; it is only a year that separated us. It is not how long but how well. We are all here today; I and the good people of Oyo State, who I am representing, to give honour to whom honour is due even in death. I came late into Afenifere because I was not really interested in politics. I became an accidental politician and joined Afenifere, which led me into some interactions with my brother, Yinka Odumakin”, he said
The governor added, “just like others have attested, he spoke truth to power. When I look at all the dignitaries that are here today, one thing I want everyone to take home is the fact that a life lived with integrity, commitment to one’s ideal, even though that life may not have the trappings of fortune or fame, will be a shining star to light the path of others that are coming behind us. And that is what Yinka did for this generation”.
“The ideals and struggles he lived for, his fortunes will forever be a shining star to light the path for us until we get the type of country that we deserve and the one himself and other comrades laboured for. Yinka has stopped his work but the rest of us will continue until we get the country we deserve,” he said.
Ekiti and Osun states Governors, Fayemi and Oyetola, in their remarks eulogised the late Odumakin describing him as a patriot.