Obadiah Mailafia, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria is dead.
He died at the age of 64.
The family lawyer, Mr Yakubu Bawa, confirmed the news to Channels Television on Sunday morning.
He said Dr Mailafia died in the early hours of the day at his residence in Jos, the Plateau State capital after a brief illness.
According to Mr Bawa who is the Chairman of the Plateau State chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association, Dr Mailafia’s death followed a brief illness.
Confirming his death, Fani-Kayode on his Twitter page wrote: “I am saddened by the passing of my dear friend & brother Mr Obadiah Mailafiya who was one of the most powerful and progressive voices in our country. I was informed that he passed on this morning. He was a great nationalist, a believer in Nigeria, a kind and gentle soul.”
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.
This earned multiple invitations by the Nigeria Police Force, forcing him to recant his statement.