‘Why Odumakin would be missed’

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A pan-Igbo think-tank, Nzuko Umunna, said yesterday that the late Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, would be missed for his role strengthening the bond between the Southeast and the Southwest.

Chairman of Board of Trustees Prof. Pat Utomi led a delegation of Igbo and Yoruba leaders, including former minister Modupe Adelaja on a condolence visit the families of Messrs Yinka Odumakin and .

Utomi said Odumakin played a pivotal role as of the facilitators of the “Handshake Across the , an initiative of Nzuko Umunna, which was hosted by Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Afenifere.

He said the late Odumakin was “instrumental rekindling the bond of brotherhood between Ndigbo and their Yoruba brethren,” adding that this would go down history as of his many laudable contributions -building and national development.

Utomi said the late Chukwuma was a towering figure Nigeria’s human rights community, adding that his exploits, especially during the volatile military era, would remain indelible the annals of Nigeria’s history.

He prayed for the repose of the souls of the departed activists.

The delegation was received by the spouses of the deceased.

Members of the delegation included Senator Chris Anyanwu, Lady Onyeka Onwenu, Amb. Folake Marcus-Bello, Pastor Paul Bankole, Mr. Chido Nwakanma, Mr. Greg Muonyililo and Mr. Pat Okoye.