The elder brother of Yinka Odumakin, the late spokesperson of Afenifere, Pastor Jacob Odumakin, on Monday said a prophecy had revealed impending death of the right activist.
Yinka died on Saturday after battling with respiratory problems occasioned by COVID-19 complications.
The senior Odumakin in a chat with our correspondent said prayer sessions were organised to avert the death.
He added that although the unexpected still happened, Yinka’s aged father was consoled by the clerics after he was told of the death, adding that their mother was, however, inconsolable.
“There was a prophecy that we should pray for Yinka so that fresh tree would not fall instead of the dry one. What that means is that our dad, who is 115 years old, is alive and 56-year-old, the last child of our father is gone.”
Pastor Odumakin said the leadership of Afenifere had informed the family that the group would organise the burial of the late activist.
Meanwhile, Great Ife Alumni Association in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the association, Mrs Ajibola Falode, said the late Odumakin, would be missed.
Also, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on Monday visited the widow late Odumakin at the family residence in the Omole area of Lagos.
Tinubu, who visited Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin around 2pm, told her that Yinka was dear to his heart and that his death represented a big loss.
Tinubu later told reporters that Odumakin contributed to constitutional democracy in the country.
He said, “The late Odumakin and I, as well as others, were together during the struggle for the actualisation of June 12, 1993 presidential election won by the late MKO Abiola.”
According to him, even if he and Odumakin later had differences, that was after they had pushed the military out of power.
Yinka’s widow said she believed Yinka made it to heaven as he was close to God, saying that was her only consolation.