By Adewuyi Adegbite
SIR: The data of the death of Comrade Yinka Odumakin, the spokesperson of the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, on Saturday, March 3, used to be got with shock by Nigerians all the diagram in which by diagram of the board. As a topic of truth, his death threw the nation into mourning because he died when his selfless service to the nation had been peaceful wanted.
Odumakin used to be a conscientious character who, no topic his reference to the ruling caste refused to dine with them deciding on as a substitute to pitch his tent with the downtrodden. He lived a lifetime of activism and self-denial. His activism began in his college days and this won him the ticket of comrade which he wore to his grave. His admire for Awoism compelled him early in existence to brand up for Afenifere. He rose by diagram of the ranks to change into the spokesman of the group, a duration by which he met and rubbed shoulders with ladies and men of substance all over Nigeria. There is absolute self belief that Odumakin’s character and info had been enriched by that expertise.
Odumakin used to be of the look that if the nation might per chance well no longer be restructured on account of the refusal of the fragment making the most of the structural imbalance to let dart, every nationality might per chance well peaceful dart its delight in potential. He condemned the Buhari presidency for its failure to stable the nation in look of escalation of Boko Haram insurgency, the herdsmen’s battle on farmers, kidnapping for ransom, banditry among diversified vices prevalent in the nation and which Buhari presidency appears to be to create no longer have any resolution. He did no longer spare the governors of the Southwest whom he accused of complicity in the stunted growth of the self-discipline, the impoverishment of the contributors and the neatly-liked lack safety.
One irony of Odumakin’s death is to relate the hypocrisy of our political leaders. The outpouring of tributes, condolence messages especially from governments the least bit levels confirmed that they took relate of all that he wrote and stood for even after they opted to play deaf whereas he lived.
Odumakin has performed his bit in the nation-constructing job and has joined the saints triumphant. He absolute self belief lived a dignified existence, a existence mighty of emulation, a selfless existence and a existence lived for the honest of humanity. He exemplified bravery, a readiness to face death for his precept and potential to disclaim oneself wealth which will had been his lot if he had taken facet with the predators conserving the nation by the jugular. He in truth left when the ovation used to be loudest and disappeared under the cloud of glory in desire to that of shame.
Nigerian leaders initiating from presidency downward owe Odumakin one thing: to conception that Nigerians live a lifetime of dignity as in opposition to heart-broken existence that majority live in the center of heaps. Here’s most likely if every chief puts the hobby of the nation first. We have considered that they’re responsive to the groaning of Nigerians by diagram of their identification with Odumakin at death. All their phrases of commiseration, encomium and tributes will quantity to crocodile tears, except they kind the needful in train that the spirit of Odumakin would leisure in his grave.
- Adewuyi Adegbite