Amuwo-Odofin LG Chairman commiserates with Joe Odumakin

The Executive Chairman Amuwo-Odofin Local Government, Hon Valentine Oluwaseyi Buraimoh, was on a condolence visit to the home of Late Pan Yoruba activist and Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, to commiserates his wife, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin at their Omole Estate resident in Ikeja on Friday.
The Executive Chairman Amuwo Odofin Local Government, Hon Valentine Oluwaseyi Buraimoh (VOB) and Mrs. Joe Odumakin during the condolence visit of the Council Chairman to the Odumakin’s on Friday
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Executive Chairman, Amuwo-Odofin Local Government, Hon Valentine Oluwaseyi Buraimoh (VOB) signing the condolence register for Late Pan Yoruba activist and Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin during his visit to the Odumakin Family on Friday

The Executive Chairman Amuwo-Odofin Local Government, Hon Valentine Oluwaseyi Buraimoh, was on a condolence visit to the home of Late Pan Yoruba activist and Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, to commiserate his wife, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin at their Omole Estate resident in Ikeja on Friday.

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During the visit Comrade Buraimoh in his tribute message eulogized the late Odumakin and achievements of the veteran activist, emphasizing that his legacy was not materialistic but based on believes, ideology and the many people he had mentored across the country before his departure.

Meanwhile the family of the late activist, Comrade Yinka Odumakin, had on Monday announced the order of his funeral rites.

According to a release signed by the widow, Dr. Joe Okei Odumakin, the rites will span three days – starting from Thursday 22nd through Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th April 2021.

Thursday 22nd April: Day of Tributes and Service of Songs at the Police College, Ikeja Lagos between 11am and 4pm while his body lies in state.

Friday 23rd April: Body departs Lagos for Moro, his country home, in Ife North LGA of Osun State.

There will be a Candle light procession on Friday, taking off from the Origbo Anglican Grammar School, Moro, Osun State by 6pm.

Saturday 24th April: Lying in State at Origbo Anglican Grammar School, Moro by 8am, followed by a Funeral Service by 10am, after which his remains will be committed to Mother Earth at a private interment.

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