Obadiah Mailafia, former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has passed away.
Details of his death are sketchy, but sources that he died after a brief illness.
Mailafia, a fierce critic of the Buhari administration, ran for president in the 2019 election under the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
Between 2005 and 2007, he served as deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
His father, Baba Mailafia Gambo Galadima, was an evangelist with the Evangelical Reformed Church of Central Nigeria. He was born on December 24, 1956, in Randa village, Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Missionary child Mailafia grew up in a multicultural environment.
Later, his parents moved to Murya, Lafia, in Nasarawa State, where he grew up.
From 1964 to 1969, he studied at Musha Sudan United Mission School, followed by Mada Hills Secondary School, Akwanga, Nasarawa, from 1970 to 1974. Afterwards, he attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he earned a first-class degree in Economics.
Despite having made his mark as a technocrat, Mailafia became very well known in the country after he gave an interview saying he was told a governor was the commander of Boko Haram.
After being grilled for hours by the Department of State Services (DSS), he was released.