My husband fought till his last breath, says Okei-Odumakin

Wife of late human rights activist and spokesman of the Yoruba group, Afenifere, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, has paid tribute to her late husband, Yinka saying he fought till his last breath.

The right activist, who many credited for being one of the vocal critics of bad governance in the country reportedly died in the night of April 2nd from complications of the dreaded Covid 19.

In her tribute contained in press statement she issued on Tuesday titled “Yinka: Basking in the shadow that you cast,” Okei-Odumakin, she wrote, “If breath was the currency of life and its legal tender…then, Yinka spent his breath on causes.

“The medics said his oxygen level was running low but my husband was reaching out for his tab to type out his column…

“He was never frugal in spending that oxygen on his Yoruba earth – his beloved and his Nigeria – his truly beloved. My memories are rousing through chains of pains. A sea surge of a romance which sprouted in Gen. Sani Abacha’s detention.

“My husband was not a criminal, neither was I. Our “crime” was standing strong for others as we always have been. We will return to the dingy detention cell in our reminiscences later!

“Who meets and marries from detention at Alagbon? Only Yinka would ask! And only I would say YES!

“We were introduced to each other by the most qualified, the most preeminent, and the most decorated of inmate – Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAM, SAN).

“Chief said: ‘Yinka, she’s a man!’. Yinka married both the man & the woman in me! It was our truest solemnization of activist matrimony by a revered High Priest of the struggle…with the trench as our altar and the good of our people as our ultimate goal.

“Yinka, it cannot be goodbye, It is goodnight and see you later on the other side with God. I will bask with reckless abandon in the shadow of your cast…

“Since no one is permitted in the Critical Care Unit, we had commited you to the care of the best qualified medics at LASUTH and the hand of God hoping to see you next morning.

“The medics said they could not fathom how to immediately relay the message of your passage to me directly.

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