Written by on September 19, 2021

Former CBN Deputy Governor, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, is dead.

The 64- year old died after an illness at the National Hospital Abuja this morning, September 19, 2021.

Born on December 24, 1956 in Randa village, Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State, his Father Baba Mailafia Gambo Galadima, an Evangelist with the Evangelical Reformed Church of Central Nigeria. Mailafia was raised as a missionary child in a multiracial environment. His parents later transferred to Murya, Lafia, in Nasarawa State, where he grew up.

He started his education at Musha Sudan United Mission School from 1964 to 1969 and proceeded to Mada Hills Secondary School, Akwanga, Nasarawa, from 1970 to 1974. He later proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he bagged a first-class degree in Economics. Although he had made his mark as a Technocrat, Mailafia became very famous in the country after he granted an interview where he said he was informed that a Governor was the commander of Boko Haram. The Department of State Services (DSS) had invited him but he was released after being grilled for hours.

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.

A fierce critic of the Buhari administration, Mailafia contested the 2019 Presidential election under the African Democratic Congress (ADC). He worked at the African Development Bank (AFDB) and served as CBN deputy governor between 2005 and 2007.

May his gentle soul rest in peace, Amen.

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