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Odumakin’s Death: I Leave Everything To God, Says Widow


Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, widow of the late Yinka Odumakin, spokesman of the Pan-Yoruba Sociocultural group, Afenifere, has reacted to insinuations over her husband’s death.

There have been insinuations that Odumakin’s death is not natural.

National Coordinator, Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, CAGG, Olusegun Bamgbose, had said the sudden death of Odumakin, was suspicious and called on the Police to investigate it.

But speaking when some journalists visited her residence in Lagos on Friday, the activist said she has left everything to God.

She said she is yet to recover from the shock of her late husband’s death.

“Well the Doctor said he died of respiratory problems. I believe in God and I can’t question God. And after everything when I collected his laptop and phones three times, Yinka said, ‘Jesus’. So I leave everything in the hands of the Almighty who knows today and tomorrow.


“He survived COVID-19 and then after some days, it happened… To me, it is still shocking. I still don’t believe it (his death). But one thing I want to say is that he has passed through a lot.”

Mrs. Odumakin said the two of them were like umbilical cord, adding that his death has created a huge vacuum.

“He was extremely brilliant, a complete family man, humble, anything that has to do with Nigeria, the Yoruba race, the media, he gave it his greatest priority even at the risk of his life.”

Mrs. Odumakin said she wished her husband was alive to see the outpouring of tributes on him.

She asked activists who saw Odumakin as their role models not to be deterred.

“There are people who somehow, he has become their role model, they must never give up. They must remain encouraged. They should know that what we do for ourselves dies with us, what we do for others in the world remains.”