A Nigerian political economist, Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu, has described the sudden demise of Dr Obadiah Mailafia as “a sad loss” for the country.
The 2019 presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) in a post on his Twitter page condoled the family of the former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Moghalu’s Twitter post reads; “The death of Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, Deputy Governor @cenbank from 2005-2007, is a sad loss for Nigeria. My condolences to his family and the Middle Belt region whose cause he championed in recent years. May his soul rest in peace”.
NewsWireNGR had earlier reported that Mailafia, a former presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) died of COVID-19 complications.
According to a source who disclosed the development to NewsWireNGR, he was rushed to Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital but didn’t make it.
The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the Middle Belt Forum, Ms Ndi Kato, in a terse statement had earlier confirmed the death of the international polymath to NewsWireNGR.
Mailafiya was born on 24 December 1956. He was a Nigerian development economist, central banker, statesman and the 2019 Nigeria Presidential election Candidate of African Democratic Congress (ADC).
He is a former official of the African Development Bank Group and one-time Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (5 May 2005 – 26 March 2007).
He was also the Chief of Staff of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), the 79-nation multilateral development institution based in Brussels, Belgium.