Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, the wife of late Yinka Odumakin, says her husband died on Friday, April 2, 2021, and not Saturday, April 3, 2021, as earlier reported.
Okei-Odumakin, a rights activist, in another tribute to her late husband made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, said it was important to immediately put the record straight in the spirit of truth that Odumakin stood for.
The tribute is entitled: “Yinka: Basking in the shadow that you cast”.
The rights activist stressed that due to the principles of truth and saying it as it is, of which her late husband lived for all his adult life, it was important to immediately put the record straight.
“Now that I am in possession of your death certificate, I can see you passed on at exactly 10.40 p.m. on Good Friday (April 2, 2021) and not in the morning of Saturday, (April 3, 2021) as initially communicated.
“The medics said his oxygen level was running low but my husband was reaching out for his tab to type out his column.
“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,” she explained.
Recounting some of the deceased’s times while he was alive, Okei-Odumakin said her husband was never frugal in spending that “oxygen on his Yoruba earth, his beloved and his Nigeria, his truly beloved”.
She said that if breath was the currency of life and its legal tender, then her husband spent his breath on causes.
“My memories are rousing through chains of pains; a sea surge of a romance which sprouted in General 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,” she said.