Nigerians have continued to express their shock and sadness over the demise of a former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, on Sunday at the age of 64.
Mailafia, a critic of President Muhammadu Buhari, and crusader for social justice especially for his people of Southern Kaduna, is said to have fallen ill on Saturday and rushed from Makurdi, Benue state to an Abuja hospital according to Luka Binniyat, spokesman for the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, SOKAPU, where he died on Sunday morning.
The pan-Northern socio-political organisation, Arewa Consultative Forum, described as ‘shocking’ the death of Mailafia.
The apex northern body said that Mailafia contributed immensely to the development of Kaduna State and the North in general.
A statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the ACF, Emmanuel Yawe, in Kaduna on Sunday, titled, ‘ACF sad over Dr. Mailafia’s death,’ states “We are, therefore, today thrown into another mourning mood. We mourn this distinguished northerner from Kaduna State who has contributed his quota to the development of his state and the North.”
Human rights activist and politician, Omoyole Sowore, on Sunday in a Facebook post, described the deceased as a powerful voice for social justice.
“Dr. Malafia Obadiah is Dead. He was a powerful voice for social justice, although he 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!” the activist wrote.
On their part, the National Leaders of Conscience under the auspices of the National Consultative Front, NCFront, described the death of Mailafia, as “unbelievable”.
The group in a statement by Amb (Ms) Rukaiya Muhammad, also promised to investigate the death.
The statement reads in part, “It will be recalled that Mailafia until his unbelievable demise today was a member of the National Steering Council and the North Central Facilitator of the NCFront, who raised the bar of commitment to the tasks of the movement, constantly advocating a fair, just and equitable governance of Nigeria therefore becoming a Frontline member of the National Constitutional Dialogue Committee initiated by the movement to stem the heightening constitutional crisis and political agitations and insecurity traceable to the inherent flaws and pit falls of the Nigerian Constitution foisted on the country by the Nigerian military at the outset of current troubled democracy in 1999
“In a demonstration of his huge commitment to the movement, Obadiah Mailafia last week gave positive feedback to the National Secretariat of the NCFront on a tactical task given to him by the movement towards ensuring cohesion and stability in the North Central and Middle Belt region ahead of the people’s constitutional dialogue in the region, showing no sign of illness.
“Memories of his various endeavors and contributions will be remembered and honoured by the NCFront during the 2nd National Rescue Summit being planned by the NCFront to commemorate Nigeria’s 61st Independence Anniversary on 1st October, 2021