…“He was a powerful voice for social justice, hounded by DSS” – Activist Sowore
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
The former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr. Mailafia Obadiah, is dead. He died at the age of 64.
A Rights Activist and Publisher of Saharareporters online media, Comrade Omeyele Sowore, described the late Dr. Mailafia Obadiah as powerful voice for social justice, before his death.
In a post, Sowore stated that, “Even although Dr Obadiah was said to have died after a ‘protracted illness,’ it is, however, on record that he was hounded till the very end by the lawless DSS agents of the unconscionable and tyrannical regime of Muhammadu Buhari. Rest In Power, Doc!
Mailafia, who was a columnist with The PUNCH, was said to have died at midnight after a brief illness.
The former CBN Deputy Governor, who was the Presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress in the 2019 election, was a known government critic and had advocated for public sector and exchange rate reforms.
Mailafia was born on December 24, 1956, in the Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
He later graduated top of his class at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1978 with a B.Sc. Honours Social Sciences degree (Politics, Economics and Sociology). He also had a M.Sc. from the same institution.
He subsequently won a French Government Scholarship to France, where he earned a Certificate in French Language and Civilization from the University of Clermont-Ferrand, in 1985.
Mailafia later proceeded to the United Kingdom as a Foreign and Commonwealth Office Scholar at Oriel College, earning a DPhil from the University of Oxford, in 1995. He joined partisan politics in 2018 amid the rising killings in Southern Kaduna.
Despite losing, he remained an ardent government critic and got into trouble with the regime of the President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), when he alleged that a northern governor was a Boko Haram commander.
This earned him multiple invitations by the Nigeria Police Force, forcing him to recant his statement.
In his last interview with The PUNCH, Mailafia said the refusal of the CBN to sell foreign exchange to bureau de change (BDC) operators may not yield the expected result because corrupt bankers would frustrate it, while the BDC operators were being shielded by a “Jigawa cabal.”
He had also lamented that Nigeria was operating a “dollarised” economy, which was hampering economic growth.