DAWN DG, Famakinwa: His death a tragedy for Yoruba race ―Gani Adams

National Coordinator, Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Otunba Gani Adams, expressed shock of the death of Director-General, Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN), Dipo Famakinwa, describing it as a tragedy for the entire Yoruba race in particular and Nigeria in general.

This was just as he urged governors of the South-West to immortalize the Late Famakinwa who he said had quietly done a lot of work on the integration of Yoruba states.

Otunba Adams’ reaction was contained in a statement made available on Friday to the Saturday Tribune.

“It is heart breaking to learn about the exit of a special breed Yoruba man who displayed unalloyed personal commitment to integrative development initiative of Yoruba land. It is a tragedy not only for his family but the Yoruba race in particular,” he said.

Adams, who is also the Global convener Oodua Progressive Union (OPU), said it was sad that death had snatched the deceased, who he described as one of the most deeply intelligent and sound Yoruba young turks.

According to him, Famakinwa is a prominent and accomplished Yoruba icon who was diligent and thorough at his duty post as well as being a wonderful son of Oduduwa who was blessed with a prodigious native intelligent laced with intellectual soundness.

“He was a man of yesterday, today and tomorrow combined. Honestly, death has not been fair to the Yoruba race.”

“Mr Famakinwa was unique in deeds, acts and personal relations. He has this special interest in the development and unity of the Yoruba race and spent most of his life engaging in pro Yoruba development ventures without pecuniary consideration. Honestly, death has not been fair to the race,” Otunba Adams insisted.

The OPC leader expressed his sympathy with the family of the deceased and pray God to give them the fortitude and forbearance to bear the loss of their loved one, who he also described as one of the “most vibrant Yoruba cultural developers.”

He, therefore, called on the governors of the South-West states to immortalize the deceased, saying had quietly done a lot of work on the integration of Yoruba states.

“I am using this opportunity to call on the governors of the South-West not to let his death be the demise of his persons and works on the face of the Earth.”

“Mr Famakinwa did his best for the region; we should immortalize him, not only for his person but to encourage others. We are missing him. May the Lord grant him eternal Rest! He was a useful personality for the West,” he said.