The sudden and untimely passing of Yinka Odumakin and Innocent C. Chukwuma, two leading lights in the Nigerian civil society space, both renowned and relentless pro-democracy activists, good governance advocates and compelling public intellectuals, is devastating beyond words.
Mr. Chukwuma’s tenacious work in police reform (among several other things) is unprecedented. An intellectual, a well-known gentleman yet a fighter for a fairer society. Mr. Odumakin was one brilliant, outspoken, FEARLESS, daring and unmistakable voice and one hand poking constantly in the eyes of dreaded political masquerades till his dying days. Both were walking encyclopaedias of knowledge, deep knowledge acquired through obviously copious personal development and decades entrenched in practical trenches of the struggle for a better Nigeria.
These sudden vacuums, no, craters, are yawning, this cut is deep, pepperish. It verily feels like two monumental libraries have been razed down. And alas, they were only in their mid-50’s. These are not local but global losses. We are hapless, we are speechless!
May the Good Lord console their wives, Dr Joe Okei Odumakin and Josephine Effah-Chukwuma, eminent women’s rights amazons in their own rights who have been great personal blessings to me and to our organisation CEE-HOPE.
Adieu, great ones, may your legacies endure.