Odumakin Recovered From COVID-19 Before His Death, Says Wife
Odumakin, a human rights activist, died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) on Saturday.
However, there were speculations that he died as a result of COVID-19 after being on a ventilator for two weeks.
Speaking on Odumakin’s death, his wife, in a statement, clarified that her husband died at intensive care unit of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), where he was being treated for respiratory issues due to COVID-19 complications.
Widow of late Afenifere spokesperson described his passing as a loss of a part of her, adding;
A part of me is gone. A part of me is gone. He fought hard at the intensive care unit. Pray for me to survive this. My love is gone. He was OK before. Even on March 10 he was still attending meetings. He was recovering yesterday but he died this morning. I am at the intensive care unit. A part of me is gone.
Okei-Odumakin appreciated the sympathy received by the family since the news broke out, adding that the burial arrangement will be announced soon.
The sad event happened this morning (Saturday, 3/4/2021) at the intensive care unit of LASUTH where he was being managed for respiratory issues due to complications from COVID-19 which he had recovered from about a week ago.
I appreciate the outpouring of grief and sympathy from home and abroad as I mourn my irreplaceable soulmate. I urge us all to remain steadfast in the cause of the masses to which he dedicated his life.
Burial arrangement will be made public in due course.
Meanwhile many Nigerians including associates and colleagues have mourned him including Secretary-General of Afenifere, Basorun Sehinde Arogbofa, who described the death of Odumakin as a terrible blow to the country and the group.
Arogbofa who reacted in Akure said;
It’s a terrible blow. A terrible blow to me as a person because we’ve been so intimate. He’s been my right-hand man in Afenifere management. It’s terrible. Yinka should not have gone at this time. It’s a terrible blow to Afenifere and Nigeria. We’ve lost a brilliant chap with intelligent and brilliant ideas. This is sad, very sad. What a pity. I pity his wife Joe.
May his soul rest in peace.