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Few Things You Will Like To know About Ex-CBN Deputy, Chief Mailafia

The death of former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Dr. Obadiah Mailafia came as a rude shock.

Before his demise, Mailafia, shook many in 2020 when he told a radio station — Nigeria Info 99.3 — that a northern Governor is the commander of Boko Haram.

He also alleged terrorists were flying freely during the coronavirus lockdown.

“We have met with some of their high commanders, they have sat down with us not once, not twice,” he said in the interview that was also on video.

“They told us that one of the northern Governors is the commander of Boko Haram in Nigeria. Boko Haram and the bandits are one and the same. During this lockdown, their planes were moving up and down as if there was no lockdown.”

Subsequently, the Department of State Services (DSS) invited the former CBN deputy governor over the allegation and grilled him for hours before letting him go.

Also, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) fined Nigeria Info 99.3 N5million over the interview.

Here are few things you probably didn’t know about him:

1. He was born on 24th of December 1956. His father Baba Mailafia Gambo Galadima was an evangelist with the Evangelical Reformed Church of Central Nigeria (ERCC). His parents later transferred to Murya, Lafia, in Nasarawa State where he grew up.

2. He was the 2019 Nigeria Presidential election Candidate of African Democratic Congress (ADC).

3. Mailafia hailed from Randa, in the Christian-dominated Southern Kaduna and taught economics at different institutions.

4. Mailafia studied economics at the Institute International d’Administration Publique (of l’École Nationale d’Administration) in France and went on to earn his doctorate in economic development and international relations at Oriel College of Oxford.

5. He taught at the American University of London and at Regent’s Business School before he joined the African Development Bank(ADB) first in Côte d’Ivoire and then Tunisia.

6. He received the Mamoun Beheiry Award for distinguished service to the ADB Group.

7. In 2005, Mailafia served as the Deputy Governor of CBN, a post that he held until 2007.

8. Mailafia was appointed Chief of Staff at the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States in Brussels.

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