Wife of late spokesperson for Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, has reacted to the numerous outpouring of tributes in honour of her late husband.
She said she wished her husband could hear what those he criticised were saying about him.
Joe spoke to Punch at her residence on Kayode Alli Street, Omole Phase 1 Estate, Lagos.
Yinka, a vocal activist and columnist, died at LASUTH on Saturday from COVID-19 complications.
His wife told The PUNCH that he was recovering and had asked for his phones and gadgets before he relapsed and died.
She said, “It all started on March 8 when he said he had a series of meetings and appointments to make. But he went to see his physiotherapist and discovered that his oxygen level had dropped.
“After the doctor attended to him, it was discovered that he had COVID-19 and was transferred to the isolation centre at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.
“The next day, his oxygen level dropped a bit more and we had to move to the Mainland General Hospital, Yaba. He was put on a ventilator at the hospital. After a few days, he tested negative.
“So, he was moved to the LASUTH Intensive Care Unit. While at the ICU, his kidney, liver and other body parts were okay. The issue was respiratory; he had problems with breathing, which they said was due to his lungs which were affected in the aftermath of the infection.
“I did not share these details because I wanted him to tell the story of his survival, which would have been sweeter, and I was looking forward to that. I never believed that he would die. It’s so difficult for me to use past tense for him after being together for 24 years.
“All of a sudden, I got the news from someone in the US (who sent a WhatsApp message), and I thought that the person did not know what he was saying because I was looking forward to reuniting with him. He (Yinka) had also asked after his son after he regained consciousness. He told me that the first thing he wanted immediately he came out was his Ipad and two phones, and I had them in the vehicle. When I heard that the worst had happened, I was shocked.