By Salim Yunusa

Yinka Odumakin, a Yoruba activist who was the spokesman of Afenifere, Pan-Yoruba sociocultural group, is dead.

Odumakin played a key role in the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) that fought the regime of General Sani Abacha after the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election.

He was also one of the spokespersons of the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum (SMBLF), the body representing ethnic nationalities in the South-West, South-South, South-East and the Middle Belt.

Odumakin married to another activist, Dr. Joe Odumakin, has been one of the strongest critics of the present government.

He has consistently taken on the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government over alleged impartiality and favouritism in appointment into various offices.

His voice was also very loud in condemning the activities of killers in Yorubaland.

He recently warned the Federal Government against arresting Sunday Igboho who recently issued a quit notice to the Fulani herders in Ibarapa Oyo State and subsequently ejected the Sarkin Fulani in Igangan.

He died on Saturday morning reportedly from COVID-19.

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