Former CBN Deputy Governor, Mailafia Dies After Brief Illness



Obadiah Mailafia, a Nigerian economist and former deputy governor of Nigeria’s central bank, Obadiah Mailafia is dead.

 Mailafia, 64, died on Sunday morning at the National Hospital, Abuja. He was certified dead by a medical doctor at the nation’s foremost public health facility.

He hailed from Randa, in the Christian-dominated Southern Kaduna, and taught economics at different institutions.

He spent the latter part of his years advocating for a solution to the protracted killings in Southern Kaduna, which had been linked to armed herdsmen of Fulani origin.

He became a frontline critic of President Muhammadu Buhari and security agencies as part of his advocacy and was recently invited by the State Security Service to explain some of his on-air comments about deliberate violence across the country.

Mailafia was in 2019 presidential  candidate of African Democratic Congress (ADC). He is a former official of the African Development Bank (ADB).

He was also the Chief of Staff of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), the 79-nation multilateral development institution based in Brussels, Belgium.


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