Some prominent democrats, political and human right activists have converged on Ikeja area of Lagos to mark the one year anniversary of the death of one of their own, Comrade Yinka Odumakin with a maiden lecture and book presentation.
The special guest of honour at the occasion, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, who was represented by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso described the late Yinka Odumakin, who was the National Publicity Secretary of the Yoruba Socio-Political Group, Afenifere, as an erudite writer, committed, fearless, and honest defender of truth who fought for the future of Nigeria with total loyalty
“loyalty to freedom, unity and everything that would make the common man have peace and enjoy everything that he is supposed to enjoy in Nigeria.” he said
His Osun State counterpart, Mr Gboyega Oyetola who was represented by his Deputy, Mr Benedict Alabi, acknowledged that the book would help to preserve the legacy of the late Odumakin, while the Aare Ona Kankanfo of Yorubaland, Chief Gani Adams, commended the wife of the deceased, Dr Joe Odumakin for writing the one hundred and ten pages book on the life and times of her husband and for establishing the Oluyinka Odumakin Foundation in his memory.
Others who also delivered remarks, including former Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, President of the African Development Bank, Dr Akinwunmi Adeshina and Pastor Tunde Bakare noted that the greatest tribute to Odumakin is to continue to fight for the achievement of a society based on equity, fairness and justice which Yinka fought for during his lifetime.
They described his life as an inspiration and that his legacy would continue to live on.
Delivering the maiden lecture on restructuring, a human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana admitted that there has been changes in the administration of the country, but lamented that the 1999 constitution has remained a decree instead of a true constitution.
Earlier in an opening remark, Afenifere Leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo who said he is still mourning the late Yinka Odumakin till date described him as a committed democrat.
Pa Adebanjo noted that without constitutional change, elections in the country would continue to be exercises in futility.
Thanking the people for their love and support since the demise of her husband, Dr Odumakin urged government to do a lot more in ensuring the health and security of the people.
She reiterated her pledge to continue the struggle.