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Southern, Middle Belt Forum leaders declare 30 days mourning period for Yinka Odumakin

The leadership of the Southern Nigeria and Middle Belt Forum have declared a 30 days mourning period for the late National Publicity Secretary of the Yoruba socio-cultural organization, Afẹ́nifẹ́re.

NaijaOnPoint.com, TNG reports that Odumakin died last week from COVID-19 related complications.

However, Southern Nigeria and Middle Belt Forum in a statement signed by its leader, Chief Edwin Clark on Tuesday said it is suspending all public engagements to honour the fallen human rights activist.

Read full statement below:

SOUTHERN NIGERIA AND MIDDLE BELT FORUM LEADERS PLACE 30 DAYS MOURNING PERIOD FOR COMRADE YINKA ODUMAKIN

Following the news of the very sad and shocking death of our National Secretary, Comrade Yinka Odumakin, who is also National Spokesman of Afenifere, which sad event occurred in Lagos in the early hours of Saturday 3rd April, 2021, the leadership of Southern Nigeria and Middle Belt Forum, hereby suspends all public engagement by the group for a period of 30 days.
During the period, we will refrain from engaging in public activities including our periodic meetings.
This we believe is a modest and fitting honour to one of the most outspoken, inspirational and patriotic Nigerian ever.
We, therefore, like to make a public apology to various groups who have invited our participation in meetings, conferences and similar activities.

We will like to once more convey our deepest condolences to his widow, Mrs. Joe Odumakin, his aged parents, the rest of the Odumakin family and our compatriots of Afenifere.

May Yinka’s courageous soul rest in peace.

Chief (Dr.) E. K. Clark
Leader, Southern Nigeria and Middle Belt Forum.

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