Ex-President Jonathan mourns Odumakin



Former Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday expressed sadness over death of Afenifere , Mr Yinka Odumakin, describing his death as shocking.

Jonathan in a statement issued by his Media Aide, Ikechukwu Eze, in Abuja, described Odumakin as a courageous patriot and rights crusader who contributed so much to of nation.

In a message titled ‘A Voice Equity is Gone’, the former said that the deceased “played active roles in the years of activism that birthed and stabilised civil rule in our country”.

“I received with sadness the news of the death of Odumakin.

“He was a courageous patriot and rights crusader who gave his all to the struggle a better Nigeria.

“He was a asset causes whose considerable contributions to the growth of is not in doubt.

“He also acquitted himself as a seasoned journalist and columnist who promoted egalitarianism and social well-being, in his regular essays,” he said.

Jonathan said that Odumakin exited the world with rich democratic credentials, having played active roles in the years of activism that birthed and stabilised civil rule in our country.

“As a enthusiast, Odumakin lived his short life as a force to be reckoned with in propagating and protecting the interest of the Yoruba people in the larger Nigeria social space.

 “ is not a time to lose such a strong promoter of the ideals that would our nation in the desired direction of a united, and equitable society,” he said.

Jonathan condoled the wife of the deceased, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, members of his family, the Afenifere sociocultural association and the entire .

“I pray God to the soul of the departed eternal rest and bless Dr Okei-Odumakin with the strength of spirit to bear the loss and sustain the crusade for a society,” he said. (NAN