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Igbo, Yoruba leaders visit Odumakin, Chukwuma’s families


Pat Utomi

A strong delegation of Igbo and Yoruba leaders, led by Chairman, Board of Trustees of Nzuko Umunna, Prof. Pat Utomi and former Minister of State for Defence, Modupe Adesanya-Adelaja, yesterday, visited the families of Yinka Odumakin and Innocent Chukwuma to commiserate with them over the death of the activists.

Utomi, who spoke during the visit, said that Odumakin played a pivotal role as one of the facilitators of the “Handshake Across the Niger” conference, an initiative of Nzuko Umunna, which was jointly hosted by Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Afenifere.

He noted that the conference was “instrumental in rekindling the bond of brotherhood between the Ndigbo and Yoruba,” adding that this would go down in history as one of the many laudable contributions of Odumakin to peace-building and national development.


ALSO, at the visit to the family of former Nzuko Umunna member and foremost human rights activist, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, Utomi noted that Chukwuma was a towering figure in Nigeria’s human rights circle, adding that his exploits, especially during the volatile military era, would remain indelible in the annals of Nigeria’s history.

Utomi said that Chukwuma would be “sorely missed not only by Nzuko Umunna but also by all lovers of freedom and development” owing to his invaluable contributions as a strategic thinker and activist.

He prayed for the repose of the souls of the departed activists, and that their death would rekindle a national rebirth as a memorial to their struggles and patriotism.

Speaking in the same vein, Mrs. Adesanya-Adelaja noted that the death of the activists had revived the spirit of brotherhood and cooperation between the Igbo and Yoruba people, adding that this is one of their greatest legacies as nationalists.

The delegation was received by the spouses of the deceased human rights activists, Dr. Joe Oke-Odumakin and Mrs. Josephine Chukwuma, who thanked the delegates for the honour done to their husbands.

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


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