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No Condolence Message From Buhari, El-Rufai 5 Days After Mailafia’s Death



Mailafia Death

“Hunted alive, not honoured in lack of life.” This phrase, possibly, succinctly captured the story of a former Deputy Governor of the Central Monetary establishment of Nigeria, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, who died inside the early hours of Sunday, September 19, 2021.

Mailafia died on the age of 64 on the Faculty of Abuja Educating Hospital, Gwagwalada, after a fast illness.

His lack of life shocked many Nigerians who thought to be a lot as him for his audacious voice in opposition to perceived official tardiness that has contributed to the catastrophe being expert in positive sectors of the nationwide life, along with the monetary system.

Many important organisations, along with the Northern Governors Dialogue board; Christian Affiliation of Nigeria, Southern Kaduna People’s Union, Arewa Consultative Dialogue board, Nationwide Consultative Entrance, amongst others, have since mourned the passing of the developmental economist.

Nonetheless, in an unusual departure from the norm, the Presidency and the apex monetary establishment the place Mailafia served as deputy governor between Might 2005 and March 2007, have saved mum.

Though the Presidency has not issued any condolence message on the lack of lifetime of Mailafia 5 days after, it has condoled with legendary juju singer, Sunday Adegeye aka King Sunny Ade, on the lack of lifetime of his wife, Risikat Adegeye, who died on Tuesday.

The Presidency had moreover expressed unhappiness over the lack of lifetime of the Emir of Gaya, Ibrahim Abdulkadir, who died on Wednesday, September 22, a clear 4 days after Mailafia’s demise.

That’s even as a result of the administration had moreover congratulated, on September 21, the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, on his re-emergence after a tricky fought snap election.

The Kaduna State Authorities, the home state of the deceased economist, has moreover not issued any condolence message on the demise of Mailfai; nonetheless the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has described Mailafia as an actual patriot, saying that his lack of life was painful to Nigerians, notably the people of the Middle Belt.

Efforts to achieve presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, proved abortive, as he neither took calls to his line nor replied to a textual content material message despatched by our correspondent on the matter.

Moreover, efforts to achieve the Minister of Knowledge and Custom, Lai Mohammed; along with his spokesman, Segun Adeyemi, have been unsuccessful as their strains have been unreachable, whereas textual content material messages despatched to their strains weren’t replied as of press time.

Muyiwa Adekeye, Specific Adviser on Media and Communication to Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, did not take calls to his line and did not reply to a textual content material message despatched by The PUNCH.

Our correspondent contacted CBN Performing Director, Firm Communications Division, Osita Nwanisobi, nonetheless when the matter was raised in a phone dialog on Thursday morning, he talked about, “Can you please ship irrespective of you want to my phone?”

Nonetheless, he had however to reply to a textual content material message despatched by our correspondent on the matter.

Within the meantime, controversies have since trailed the demise of the Kaduna State indigene as a result of the Middle Belt Dialogue board alleged that he was shabbily dealt with by medical medical doctors on the hospital. The hospital administration had denied the allegations, saying the medical medical doctors did all they might to save lots of numerous Mailafia’s life.


Mailafia was born on December 24, 1956, inside the Sanga Native Authorities House of Kaduna State.

He later graduated excessive of his class at Ahmadu Bello Faculty, Zaria, in 1978 with a B.Sc. Honours Social Sciences diploma (Politics, Economics, and Sociology). He moreover has an M.Sc. from the an identical institution.

He subsequently obtained a French Authorities Scholarship to France, the place he earned a Certificates in French Language and Civilisation from the Faculty of Clermont-Ferrand in 1985.

Mailafia later proceeded to the UK as a Worldwide and Commonwealth Office Scholar at Oriel College, incomes a DPhil from the Faculty of Oxford in 1995.

As a continuing ferocious critic of the Buhari regime, in September 2020, Mailafia alleged {{that a}} northern governor was a Boko Haram commander and moneybag. The Division of State Corporations and the Nigeria Police Drive invited him to their Abuja and Jos workplaces a lot of events, quizzing him, forcing him to recant his assertion.

The earlier deputy governor, who was the Presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress inside the 2019 election, was an unapologetic critic of the Buhari regime and had advocated for public sector and alternate cost reforms.

In his last interview with The PUNCH, Mailafia talked about the refusal of the CBN to advertise worldwide alternate to bureau de change operators couldn’t yield the anticipated consequence because of corrupt bankers would frustrate it whereas the BDC operators have been being shielded by a “Jigawa cabal”.

He had moreover lamented that Nigeria was working a “dollarised” monetary system which was hampering monetary progress.