â¢ HURIWA calls for cause of death to be investigated
Tributes are pouring in for the former vice-governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the 2019 general elections, Obadiah Mailafia, who died yesterday morning.
There have also been calls for an investigation into the death of the harsh critic of the government led by President Muhammadu Buhari.
64-year-old Mailafia died at Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital in Abuja after a brief illness. A cousin, who spoke to him a few days earlier, said the deceased complained of malaria and catarrh.
The Human Rights Writers Association (HURIWA) issued a statement yesterday calling for an investigation into the death, citing an alarm the deceased raised about an alleged threat to his life on September 11 2020.
“Please pray for me, I have reason to believe that my life is in danger and that some powerful forces want to silence me forever for telling the truth,” Mailafia said.
HURIWA said: âThe death of Obadiah Mailafia is very suspicious and needs to be investigated. He also called on the president “to immediately fish out bloodthirsty officials working in Aso Rock who personally threaten human rights activists.”
Likewise, National Leaders of Conscience, under the auspices of the National Consultative Front, NCFront, expressed shock and sadness at his passing.
“The movement wishes to offer its condolences to the family of Mailafia, praying for the rest of his soul, his courage and his strength for the members of his family, and promising an investigation into his sudden death,” Amb said. (Ms.) Rukaiya Muhammad in a statement yesterday.
The group also recalled that Mailafia, until his demise, was a member of the National Governing Council and the North Central Facilitator of NCFront, who raised the bar for commitment to the tasks of the movement, consistently advocating just governance. , fair and equitable of Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the northern socio-cultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), said the sudden death was a great loss for Nigeria. Its national publicity secretary, Emmanuel Yawe, told the Guardian that the deceased has fought tirelessly to rid the country of its ills by criticizing the system.
He said: âWe do not know the circumstances of his death, although we have heard that he died after a brief illness. Dr Mailafia had challenged some of the ills of our country and was also criticized.
“It is really sad that he is dead. We know that some of his struggles to put the country on a better course are documented. We sympathize with his family and extend our condolences to them.”
In addition, Jare Ajayi, national publicity secretary of the pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, noted: âAnother thing that attracted us was his commitment to federalism. He was a person who wanted Nigeria to live up to her real name, “Federal Republic of Nigeria”. He was one of the great voices of the North.
The Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has expressed its shock at this sudden disappearance, describing him as a dynamic activist and advocate for a better Nigeria.
National Forum President Dr Bitrus Pogu said: âWhen it comes to fighting for justice, the late Dr Obadiah could not be intimidated. He was a symbol of justice, fairness and fairness. He lived a selfless life that cannot be hastily forgotten. He was a great nationalist, passionate leader and the champion of a true Nigeria that works for every citizen. “
For his part, the chairman of the Plateau State section of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Yakubu Bawa, who was the head of Mailafia’s legal team during his work with the Department of Services of the State (DSS) in Jos, Plateau State, said the deceased was a harsh critic of the economic policies of the current administration who probed restructuring and the fiscal federation.
He said the legacy he left will continue to be a shining light and a beacon of hope for other activists.
In addition, a former speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Chief Akin Onigbinde, said: âMailafia was remarkably courageous. He not only had strong opinions on a great many national issues, he also had the courage of his convictions and the conviction of his courage.