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Emefiele, CAN, others eulogise Mailafia at burial

By Collins Olayinka, Abuja
06 November 2021   |   4:03 am
A former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Deputy Governor, who was the presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the 2019 presidential election, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia has been buried in Abuja.

Mailafia. Photo: INVICTAFM

A former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Deputy Governor, who was the presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the 2019 presidential election, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia has been buried in Abuja. 
   
At the burial ceremony, which took place at Mambilla barracks, President of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Rev. Stephen Baba Panya, eulogised Mailafia, saying his death last September was a loss to the Christian community and the country as a whole.

The clergyman urged Christians to be good to mankind and render selfless services since no one knows exactly when he would depart the world. 

Speaking through Mr. Joseph Daramola, the General Secretary, Christian Association Nigeria (CAN), described Mailafia as a fearless, committed and patriotic Nigerian. 

CAN said Mailafia, who was a fierce critic of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, was a warrior that fought for the wellbeing of ordinary Nigerians and departed as a defender of the defenceless.

Chairman of the Board of Trustees of SOKAPU, who spoke for the union, Elder Steven Bangoji, said: “Mailafia died for the oppressed and stood for those suffering from an unjust system. As long as Nigeria continue to exist as a single political entity, his footprints will always be remembered.” 
 
The Governor of the CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, sympathised with the family of the late Mailafia, describing him as an intelligent personality whose contributions to the growth of the nation would remain indelible.

Mailafia was born on December 24, 1956, in Randa, Sanga local council area of Kaduna State. He is survived by a wife, Margaret, and two children, Emmanuel and Samora.