The Arewa Youths Consultative Forum has reacted to the death of Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin.
The Arewa youths in a reaction through its president, Yerima Shettima on Saturday said Odumakin died at a time he was needed most.
Shettima expressed shock at the death of the activist and prayed to God to grant the family he left behind the fortitude to bear the loss.
Shetimma said: “It’s a great loss. Yinka was one of our finest especially in the Arewa community. We have lost one of our best, a shinning, leading light in our struggle.
“It is a loss to the family and to the country. We lost Yinka at a time we needed him the most. I am still in shock.
“We pray God grants him rest and help his family bear the loss.”
It will be recalled as earlier reported by Naija News that political activist and spokesman of pan-Yoruba socio-political group Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, died on Saturday at age 56.
He died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital after a brief illness.
The political activist reportedly died of complications from COVID-19.
He was said to have been battling underlying conditions such as diabetes before the COVID-19 attack.
His wife, Mrs Joe Okei-Odumakin, was also quoted to have confirmed the news of the death.
“A part of me is gone. A part of me is gone. He fought hard at the intensive care unit. Pray for me to survive this. My love is gone.”
“He was OK before. Even on March 10, he was still attending meetings. He was recovering yesterday but he died this morning. I am at the intensive care unit. A part of me is gone,” she lamented.
Meanwhile, a human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has asked the Federal Government to arrest renowned Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi, first before planning to arrest Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Igboho.
Naija News had reported that former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has accused the Muhammadu Buhari-led government of planning to arrest, detain and kill Igboho.
But in an interview with The Punch on Saturday, Falana asked to arrest Gumi for meeting with bandits, and other northerners who had in the past issued notices to quit to southerners.
He wondered why the government refused to arrest Gumi for causing religious division in the Nigerian military and for advocating amnesty for bandits.