The leader of Pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, Pa Ayo Adebanjo will lead other notable Nigerians, as friends and associates hold first year remembrance anniversary of a human rights activist and public commentator, Comrade Oluyinka Odumakin on Friday, April 15, 2022.
The anniversary which is scheduled for Banquet Hall, Sheraton Hotel, Lagos will feature a lecture and book presentation
A statement signed by his wife, Joe Odumakin and made available to our correspondent in Ibadan disclosed that Pa Adebanjo would chair the occasion while lecture would be delivered by Comrade Femi Falana, (SAN) and Comrade Olumide Fusika.
The statement read, The first anniversary of the passing on of our loving husband, father, son, brother and compatriot, Comrade Oluyinka (Yinka) Odumakin, comes up on Friday, April 15, 2022.
Odumakin, as friends and comrades fondly called him, died on Good Friday, April 2, 2021 at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital after a brief illness.
The first anniversary, to be marked with a lecture and book presentation, comes up at the Banquet hall, Lagos Sheraton Hotel and Towers. Time is 11am prompt.
Afenifere leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, will be the chairman of the occasion ably supported by other top Afenifere and patriotic Nigerian leaders.
Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun state and his Lagos State counterpart, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, are the Special Guests of Honour.
Notable human rights activists, Comrade Femi Falana, SAN, and Comrade Olumide Fusika, SAN, will deliver the lecture and review the book respectively.
The Foreword to the book is written by none other than the enigmatic pastor and social crusader, Pastor Tunde Bakare, while the Chief Presenter is Zacch Adedeji, Executive Secretary, National Sugar Development Council.
Due to COVID-19 regulations, attendance is strictly by invitation and participants are to register ahead of time at: https://www.oluyinkaodumakin.
All COVID-19 protocols must be observed by participants.
While he lived, Odumakin devoted his entire adult life to the pro-democracy struggle; the defence, protection and advancement of fundamental human rights; and the pursuit of an egalitarian Nigerian society where none is oppressed or denied of the basic necessities of life.
Odumakin’s abiding faith in God was beyond question and he hallowed Good Friday, the day Jesus Christ was crucified, setting it apart to meditate on the life, times and crucifixion of the Saviour of mankind.
Little wonder, then, that the Lord chose the same Good Friday to take YO home; we are in like manner choosing the same occasion to flag off the first anniversary of Yinka’s transition.
April 2nd and Good Friday will, therefore, remain important signposts in all activities dedicated to keeping the memory and legacies of YO alive