Family of late Nigerian human rights activist and politician, Yinka Odumakin on Wednesday said no persons or group was authorized to source funds for his burial.
A statement Odumakin’s widow, Dr Joe Okei Odumakin signed on behalf of the family, also contains the program for the funeral.
The family advised sympathizers to be wary of other programs published by different people to avoid being misled or taken advantage of.
Read the full statement and burial arraignment below:
In the wake of sundry programs being published by people other than us, we the family of the late Yinka Odumakin thought it fit, proper and necessary to guide sympathizers and guests with the authentic program for the funeral of our beloved husband, father, son, and brother.
*THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2021: Funeral rites kick-off at the Police College, Ikeja at 11 am. There will be lying-in-state, tributes and service of songs at this venue. All events end at 4 pm. There will be no further events at this venue after 4 pm so as to allow preparations for the following day’s events.
*FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021: Body departs Lagos for his Moro country home in Ife North LGA. In Moro, there will be a candlelight procession at Origbo Anglican Grammar school. Take off time is 6 pm.
*SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 2021: There will be lying-in-state at 8 am at Origbo Anglican Grammar School, Moro. The funeral service takes place at 10 am after which his remains will be interred at a private ceremony.
We urge everyone to be wary of other programs which run contrary to the one outlined here so as to guide against being misled or taken advantage of.
The family has not mandated anyone or group to source for funds or other resources to ensure the befitting burial we are according our son.
While the family appreciates the effusive outpouring of love from the generality of the people for the life of sacrifice and public service that Yinka lived and the legacies he has left behind, we wish that nothing is done by anyone or group to tarnish his image or compromise the ideals that he lived for.
This bounden duty we owe our departed son as his loving and grieving family.
And we wish that everyone will please respect our feelings.