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Ex CBN Deputy Governor Obadiah Mailafia Dies in Mysterious Circumstances

Ex CBN Deputy Governor Obadiah Mailafia Dies in Mysterious Circumstances

  • A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria Obadiah Mailafia has passed on at the age of 64
  • Mailafia who was the presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress in 2019 died of an undisclosed illness on Sunday
  • The ex-presidential candidate was a critic of the present government and had been detained by the Department of State Services in 2020

Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, is dead.

Aged 64, the ex CBN deputy governor passed away on Sunday morning at the National Hospital, Abuja from a sudden illness.

Mailafia took ill on Saturday and was rushed to an Abuja hospital but unfortunately, he was pronounced dead in the morning.

He was also the Presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the 2019 election and had firmly criticized the present administration for their running of the government.

Fani-Kayode wrote on Twitter:

“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.”

More recently, Mailafia called for a reform of Nigeria’s exchange rate and claimed that there was an agenda for Islamisation and Fulanisation in the country.

Mailafia continue criticism of the government caused him to be detained by the Department of State Services for several hours in 2020

The social commentator was born in Sanga Local Government Area in Kaduna State on 24th December 1956. He was top of his 1978 class at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he graduated with a B.Sc. Honours Social Sciences degree (Politics, Economics, and Sociology). He also bagged an M.Sc. from the same institution before proceeding on a French government scholarship to study in France.

Obadiah Mailafia

Obadiah Mailafia was the deputy governor of CBN from 5th May 2005 till 26th March 2007. He has since commented a lot on the Kaduna killings.

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