A former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr. Obadiah Mailafia is dead.
Mailafia who hails from Southern Kaduna died at the National Hospital, Abuja on Sunday, September 19, aged 64 after a brief illness.
He was the CBN deputy governor from 2005 to 2007.
Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the Middle Belt Forum, Ndi Kato, who confirmed the sad incident on Sunday, said Mailafia died from a yet to be disclosed illness.
He was 64 years old at the time of his demise.
Born on December 24, 1956, Dr Mailafia hailed from Randa, in the Christian-dominated Southern Kaduna, Kaduna State, and was a frontline critic of President Muhammadu Buhari and security agencies for their handling of the security issues in the country.
He was recently invited by the Department of State Service (DSS), to explain some of his on-air comments about deliberate violence across the country.
Before switching to the banking industry, Dr Mailafia spent years as an economics lecturer at different institutions.
He spent the latter part of his years advocating for a solution to the protracted killings in Southern Kaduna, which has been linked to armed herdsmen.
Also commenting on the demise of the economist, new APC convert, Femi Fani-Kayode wrote on his Facebook page:
“I am saddened by the passing of my dear friend & brother Mr. Obadiah Mailafiya who was one of the most powerful and progressive voices in our country.
“I was informed that he passed on this morning. He was a great nationalist, a believer in Nigeria, a kind and gentle soul.”
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