‘Obadiah Mailafia Died Of Negligence’, Says Middle Belt Forum, Southern-Middle-Belt Alliance Demands Independent Autopsy

‘Obadiah Mailafia Died Of Negligence’, Says Middle Belt Forum, Southern-Middle-Belt Alliance Demands Independent Autopsy

Following the sad and sudden death of Dr Mailafia Obadiah, former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Middle Belt Forum (MBF) on Sunday narrated how the former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr Mailafia Obadiah died of negligence.

According to the forum, his death at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital Gwagwalada, Abuja, on Sunday came as a great shock, and therefore decried the shabby treatment meted out at the former Deputy Governor of CBN.

Mailafia had sometimes ago incurred the wrath of the federal government when he exposed some lapses in the security.

The MBF, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Dr. Isuwa Dogo, said that the untimely death of Dr Mailafia, who relentlessly participated in the activities of the MBF, has dealt a deadly blow on ethnic nationalities of not only the Middle Belt but the country at large.

Narrating what actually transpired that eventually led to his death, the MBF said, “arising from various enquiries from Nigerians over the circumstances of his death, the Forum wishes to state as follows: That Dr Mailafia arrived Abuja last Sunday September 12, 2021 from Akure and was received at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by his wife.

“On arrival at home, the wife noticed he was not in the best of health conditions and seemed to be suffering from malaria. After three days of treatment without signs of improvement, he went to the CBN Hospital on Friday September 17, 2021 where he was shabbily treated. It took the intervention of a senior medic who immediately placed him on oxygen and admitted him.

“Dr Mailafia’s was later given the option of choosing three hospitals: Gwagwalada Hospital, National Hospital and EHA Clinics. The wife opted for the third choice. On arrival at the EHA Clinics, the wife was subjected to yet another moment of anxiety as it took a direct order from the top management of the hospital to accept him.

“After few hours of treatment, the EHA Clinics told the wife that it was expedient to transfer the former CBN Deputy Governor to Gwagwalada as the clinic was not fully equipped to handle the case.

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“The wife opposed the decision and insisted that she was opposed to the idea of taking her husband to Gwagwalada. Mailafia’s wife only succumbed when the consultant assured her that nothing bad will happen to her husband.

“Yesterday, Saturday September 18, 2021, Dr Obadiah was transfered to Gwagwalada. on arrival, the name of the doctor that was billed to attend to Dr Mailafia was not on duty. Even when an attempt was made by foreign health consultants to save the situation, the doctor on duty got angry and said he was not obligated to listen to any foreign consultants that had been brought into the matter with the sole purpose of ensuring nothing goes wrong.

“Wife of the former CBN Deputy Governor was asked to pay the sum of N600,000 as deposit even when it was a referral case, with accruing medical bill to be settled by the CBN. At a point, Dr Mailafia complained over his breathing problems and pleaded with the doctors to place him in a ventilator. The doctors flatly refused.”

The Forum further said: “Even after the doctors declared Dr. Mailafia dead, foreign consultants who were brought into the matter through Dr Mailafia’s son that is living abroad, had directed a family member who is a medical professional, with the wife of the CBN Deputy Governor, to mount pressure on the chest of Dr Mailafia for resuscitation and thereafter place him on a life support.

“The doctors in Gwagwalada refused all entreaties by the family members of Dr Mailafia to follow the advice of the foreign consultants, insisting that they have already pronounced him dead. Even when the wife could feel the pulse of her husband, the doctor flatly declared there was nothing they could do since they had already pronounced him dead.

“While the above narration sums up the circumstances under which Dr Mailafia died, we still await the result of the actual cause of his death. As a nationalist and patriot that he was, Dr Mailafia was completely dedicated to the emancipation of ethnic nationalities from the clutches of oppression. The economist was never afraid to speak truth to power just as he remained committed to the enthronement of justice and equity to all citizens across ethnic and religious divides.

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“In the twilight of his life, this consummate technocrat and global scholar of repute beamed his searchlight on the raging insecurity ravaging our country. He expressed regrets over government’s incapacity to rein in the activities of insurgents and criminal groups terrorising the nation.”

Still speaking on the person of Mailafia, the MBF said, “As a former presidential candidate in the 2019 poll, Dr Mailafia sought to deploy politics to bring about the dream he had for his country. Even after he lost the election, he never let down the bar in demanding for a fair treatment for all Nigerians.

“The Forum recalls his patriotic zeal in standing up for truth and justice. He was never a letdown in being at the forefront of showing the way for national greatness as he was willing to lay down his life for Nigeria.

“The Forum is inspired by his altruistic disposition and contributions to national development. We remain proud of his footprints on the political, economic and social sands of our nation.

“In this period of grief, we extend our sympathy to his immediate family members and pray to the Almighty God to grant each and everyone of them the fortitude to bear the pain of this irreparable loss.

“The death of Dr Mailafia today represents a dark day for not only only the Middle Belt but also for all citizens who yearn for a new dawn for justice in Nigeria.”

Meanwhile, the Southern and Middle-Belt Alliance (SaMBA) has demanded for an independent autopsy on the body of former deputy governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Obadiah Mailafia, while also expressing shock and sadness over his sudden death.

SaMBA described Mailafia as financial expert, and a relentless freedom fighter for the Indigenes of the Middle Belt.

The group, in a statement signed by its spokesman, Rwang Pam Jnr., made available to newsmen on Sunday evening described Dr. Mailafia as the “Martin Luther King Jr.” of Nigeria.

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The statement further read, “we are shocked to hear of the demise of former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) , Dr. Obadiah Mailafia this morning, of  the 19th September 2021 at the National Hospital, Abuja.

“Dr. Obadiah Mailafia was a freedom fighter for the peoples of middle belt and all oppressed peoples across the country, he always spoke truth to people in power, at risk of his career and life.

“The late Financial expert will forever be in the memory of the peoples of Southern and Middle-Belt of Nigeria for his outspokenness and courage.

“SAMBA recalls that on the 14th September 2021 which  marked exactly one year of Dr. Mailafia’s  invitation by Department of Security Security (DSS) over an interview he had granted to a radio station in which he made a wide range of accusations against named individuals for sponsoring terrorist activities, random killings and banditry ravaging the middle belt region of Nigeria.

SaMBA further recalls that late Dr. Mailafia  joined partisan politics in 2018 amidst the rise of killings in Southern Kaduna.

Despite losing the elections, he maintained his ardent stance as a government critic and severally got into trouble with the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari, one of such incidences was when he alleged that a Northern Governor was a Boko Haram Commander.

This caused a ripple and caused him to receive an invitation for “questioning” by the Nigeria Police Force, forcing him to recant his statement.

Regardless, in his last engagement with SaMBA on Saturday, 28th August 2021, when he spoke on the theme: Political alignment between the South and the Middle Belt towards 2023 elections via a zoom meeting hosted by Elombah Television, late Dr Mailafia expressed fear for his life but said he will not stop saying the truth.

“We therefore call for an immediate, transparent and full investigation into the cause of his death, as well as an independent autopsy to be carried out on his body before his burial.”

Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.

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