By Funmilola Gboteku
The funeral rites for Yinka Odumakin, the publicity secretary of the Pan Yoruba group, Afenifere, will begin tomorrow.
The ceremony will start with a lying-in-state, tributes and service of songs to be held on Thursday at Police College, Ikeja from 11 a.m.
According to the burial plans released last week by his widow, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, on Friday the body will depart Lagos for his Moro country home in Ife North LGA in Osun.
“In Moro, there will be candle light procession at Origbo Anglican Grammar School o Friday, take off time is 6p.m.
“There will be lying-in-state at 8a.m. on Saturday at Origbo Anglican Grammar School, Moro, followed by funeral service at 10a.m. after which his remains will be interred at a private ceremony,” Okei-Odumakin said.
She urged everyone to be wary of other programmes which ran contrary to the one outlined so as to guard against being misled or taken advantage of.
“In the wake of sundry programmes being published by people other than us, we the family of the late Yinka Odumakin thought it fit and necessary to guide sympathizers and guests with the authentic programme for the funeral of our beloved husband, father, son, and brother,” she said.
Okei-Odumakin also said that the family had not mandated anyone or group to source for funds or other resources to ensure a befitting burial.
“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,” she said.
The Afenifere spokesperson died on 2 April at the age of 54.