Jun 22, 2021

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Odumakin: Falana Reveals How OAU Expelled Late Activist for Leading Protest against Babangida

– A Lagos-based human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has joined other Nigerians to pour encomium on late Yinka Odumakin

– Odumakin, the former spokesman of Afenifere, died on Saturday, April 3, from complications from COVID-19

– Falana described Odumakin as a dogged fighter and his good ally

Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer, has narrated how late Yinka Odumakin, the ex-spokesperson of Afenifere, was expelled from the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).

Premium Times reports that Odumakin died on Saturday, April 3, at the intensive care unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital where he was being managed for respiratory issues due to complications from COVID-19.

The human rights lawyer said he challenged their expulsion in court and they were all reinstated.

Falana said despite being the youngest member of Afenifere, he was made the spokesman and in that capacity, he effectively publicised the activities of the body and defended its position on national issues.

Nigerian Tribune also reports that Falana said when the Babangida junta annulled the results of the June 12 election won by the Late Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola, Yinka was among the young men and women who mobilised the Nigerian people, to terminate military rule in Nigeria.

It was reported that Pastor Jacob Odumakin said a prophecy had revealed the impending death of the rights activist who later lost the battle with COVID-19.

He also revealed that the news broke the heart of Yinka’s parents, with the mother inconsolable.

In a related report, President Muhammadu Buhari commiserated with the family and friends of Yinka Odumakin, the national publicity secretary of Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere.

It was reported that the Afenifere spokesman died on Saturday, April 3, at the intensive care unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) where he was being treated for respiratory issues due to COVID-19 complications.

President Buhari, in a statement released by one of his aides, Femi Adesina, expressed sorrow at the death of the human rights activist, who according to him still had more to contribute to the nation at large.