A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, has been reported to have passed on at the age of 64.
Mailafia, who was the Presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) during the 2019 election, was said to have died at midnight after a brief illness.
The deceased , known as a government critic and advocate of public sector and exchange rate reforms, was preparing for his 65th birthday on December 24.
Mailafia is an indigene of Sanga Local Government Area in Kaduna State and graduated top of his class at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1978 with a B.Sc in Social Sciences degree (Politics, Economics, and Sociology). He also has an M.Sc. from the same institution.
He subsequently won a French Government Scholarship to France, where he earned a Certificate in French Language and Civilisation from the University of Clermont-Ferrand in 1985.
Mailafia later proceeded to the United Kingdom as a Foreign and Commonwealth Office Scholar at Oriel College, earning a DPhil from the University of Oxford in 1995.