Obadiah Mailafia, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria is dead.
The 64-year-old reportedly passed away on Sunday morning at the National Hospital Abuja.
Mailafia was a strong voice of dissent and critic of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Nigerian secret police, Department of State services had invited him for questioning when he said in an interview that a serving Nigerian governor was Boko Haram top commander.
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.”
Mailafia, the Presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress in the 2019 election, was born on December 24, 1956, in the Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
He later graduated top of his class at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1978 with a B.Sc.
Honours Social Sciences degree (Politics, Economics, and Sociology). He also has an M.Sc. from the same institution.
He subsequently won a French Government Scholarship to France, where he earned a Certificate in French Language and Civilisation from the University of Clermont-Ferrand in 1985.
Mailafia later proceeded to the United Kingdom as a Foreign and Commonwealth Office Scholar at Oriel College, earning a DPhil from the University of Oxford in 1995.