The Southern and Middle-Belt Alliance (SaMBA) has expressed shock and sadness over the sudden death of a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Obadiah Mailafia.
The late financial expert died in Abuja after a brief illness.
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SaMBA, in a statement signed by its spokesman, Rwang Pam Jnr., on Sunday evening, called for a transparent and full investigation into the cause of Mailafia’s death and an independent autopsy on his body before burial.
The statement said, “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 people of middle belt and all oppressed people 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 people of Southern and Middle-Belt of Nigeria for his outspokenness and courage.”
The late Mailafia had joined partisan politics in 2018.
Despite losing the elections, he maintained his ardent stance as a government critic and severally got into trouble with the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.