My husband died on Friday, but doctors hid the news from me till Saturday, Joe Odumakin says

Joe Okei-Odumakin, wife of late Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, says her husband died on Friday, not Saturday as she was earlier told by doctors.

News of the death of the human rights activist broke on Saturday morning.

He died of COVID-19 complications at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).

In a tribute titled, “Yinka: Basking in the Shadow that you Cast”, Okei-Odumakin said it was when she saw the date on her husband’s death certificate that she realised he died on Friday night, not Saturday morning.

According to her, the doctors said they couldn’t bring themselves to break the news immediately her husband died.

She recalled how they met while in detention in a prison facility in Lagos after being introduced by the late legal luminary, Chief Gani Fawehinmi.

Like her late husband, Joe is a human rights activist. 

"My memories are rousing through chains of pains. A sea surge of a romance which sprouted in Gen. Sani Abacha's detention," the tribute reads.

“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 solemnisation 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 committed 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.

“Now that I am in possession of your death certificate, I can see you passed on at exactly 10:40 pm on Good Friday (April 2, 2021) and not in the morning of Saturday, (April 3, 2021) as initially communicated.

“Due to the principles of the truth and saying it as it is, which Yinka and I hold dear – and which Yinka lived all his adult life for – it is important to immediately put this very important record straight.

“You came! you saw!! and you conquered!!! We will carry forward the baton in the eternal word of our leader, Nigeria will be saved, Nigeria will be changed and Nigeria will become a great nation. Nigeria will work in my lifetime and even in yours as you live on in me, our children and generation yet unborn.”

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