Yinka Odumakin, the political activist and publicity secretary of the Pan-Yoruba political group, Afenifere is dead.



He was aged 56.
An online news platform, Q.E.D, first reported his death.


The deceased was a human rights activist who played a vital role in the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) that fought the Sani Abacha regime after the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election.


He was a critic of the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari.


He was an advocate of restructuring and often said it is the only way to avoid disintegration.


Towards the end of 2020, he released a statement on behalf of Afenifere, saying Nigeria was on the brink of collapse.


The statement came in the wake of the spate of insecurity in the country and the fallout of the #EndSARS protests.


Odumakin had noted that Nigeria “had virtually become ungovernable and unless it is restructured and restored to federalism, it will collapse”.


He was the spokesman of Afenifere for over two decades, coordinating the publicity and public relations activities of the group


Odumakin reportedly died of complications from COVID-19.


He was said to have been battling underlying conditions such as diabetes before the COVID-19 attack.


His shocked wife, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin confirmed the death of her husband.


She said he died Saturday at the Intensive Care Unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.


A fellow activist Bunmi Omoseyindemi confirmed the news.

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