Obadiah Mailafia Biography, Death, Age, Career, Family, Facts, Radio Interview
The news of the sudden demise of the former Central Bank of Nigeria’s Deputy Governor, Obadiah Mailafia came as a rude shock not only to his political and business associates but many of his readers of his column and listeners to his commentaries.
Obadiah Mailafia Biography , Wikipedia and Profile.
|Real Name||Obadiah Gambo Galadima|
|Called Name||Dr. Obadiah Mailafia|
|State of origin||Kaduna State|
|Date of Birth||24 December 1956|
|Died at Age||64 Years|
Mailafia, who was frequently referred to as an international polymath due to his breadth of knowledge, had a large number of detractors and admirers. The following are some noteworthy facts about him:
Obadiah Mailafia Son of an Evangelist
Obadiah Gambo Galadima was born 24 December 1956 in the village of Randa in Kaduna’s Sanga Local Government Area. His father was Baba Mailafia Gambo Galadima, an evangelist with the Evangelical Reformed Church of Central Nigeria (ERCC). He was raised in a multiracial environment as a missionary child.
Obadiah Mailafia Early Life and Education
From 1964 to 1969, he attended Musha Sudan United Mission School and then Mada Hills Secondary School in Akwanga, Nasarawa State, from 1970 to 1974.
Between 1974 and 1975, Obadiah attended the School of Basic Studies (SBS) at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He later earned a B.Sc. Honours Social Sciences degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1978, graduating at the top of his class (Politics, Economics and Sociology). Additionally, he earned an M.Sc. from the same institution.
He was later awarded a French Government Scholarship to study in France, earning a Certificate in French Language and Civilization from the University of Clermont-Ferrand in 1985.
Between 1978 and 1979, Mailafia taught Government and Economics at Akoko Anglican Grammar School in Arigidi-Ikare, Ondo State, Nigeria, as part of his primary assignment during his mandatory National Youth Service Corps year. He returned to his alma mater, Ahmadu Bello University, following national service, as a Graduate Assistant in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences from 1980 to 1982. He lectured undergraduates during this time period and also served as a Research Assistant to Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the current Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
From 1982 to 1989, Mailafia worked at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies as a Fellow and occasionally as Acting Research Director (NIPSS). He was a member of the 1982–1983 team that produced a special report on Local Government Reforms. Additionally, he co-authored a report on the Maitatsine Religious Riots, which served as the foundation for the government’s response to the crisis (1984).
Mailafia worked as a resident tutor and lecturer in the economics and politics of developing countries at Plater College Oxford, which was an associate college of the University of Oxford from 1990 to 1995. Between 1995 and 1996, he worked as an assistant professor at New England College, Arundel, the college’s foreign academic programme. He then taught international finance at Richmond Business School, an American International University in London, from 1997 to 1998. He was then recruited as the pioneering head of Regents Business School London’s International Business Department (1998–2000).
Between 2005 and 2007, served as deputy governor of the Nigerian Central Bank (CBN). As a member of the bank’s board of directors, he was primarily responsible for monetary and economic policy, research and statistics, and liaison with regional and international organisations, including the IMF and the World Bank. He was a key player in the 2005–2006 banking consolidation exercise that resulted in the reform of Nigeria’s banking sector.
Mailafia served as chief of staff (Chef de Cabinet) to the 79-member African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) Group of States in Brussels, Belgium, from 2010 to 2015. He was the secretary-most general’s senior adviser, overseeing the strategic management function and liaising with external partners such as the European Commission, European Parliament, European Investment Bank (EIB), UN agencies, and the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. He was responsible for the management of a portfolio of EU funding for ACP countries totaling €22 billion under the tenth European Development Fund (EDF) and €31.5 billion under the eleventh European Development Fund (EDF) covering the years 2015–2020.
Obadiah Mailafia Political career
Mailafia was the African Democratic Congress’s (ADC) presidential candidate in the 2019 presidential election.
Obadiah Mailafia Controversy
Obadiah attracted attention in September 2020 after he was invited by the DSS over his radio comment that one of the North-West Governors was sponsoring the bandit activities in the region.
His invitation by the Secret Police elicited mixed reactions, but he later informed the DSS that he still lacked evidence of the government’s involvement in Nigerian assassinations.
He also retracted his statement, claiming he lacked evidence that an unnamed Nigerian governor was a sponsor of bandits assassinating Nigerians.
He is Randa in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna,
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Obadiah Mailafia, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), had a conversation with one of his cousins two days before he died.
Mailafia died at Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital, Abuja, on Sunday morning.
The cousin, who pleaded anonymity because the family did not authorise him to speak on their behalf, said when they spoke, the former CBN deputy governor explained that he was having malaria and cattarh.
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He said Mailafia told him he had to switch off his main number because people were disturbing him on that line.
According to the cousin, after they finished talking, he (the cousin) wished him quick recovery and thanked him for an assistance he rendered him last week.
“Only for me to get a call today’s church service that he has passed on,” he said.
The cousin, who resides in Jos, Plateau State capital, said though Mailafia had a house in Jos, he did not reside there.
He said last year when he was offered an appointment at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in Kuru near Jos, he lived in the ancient city during the period.
It was in Jos that he granted a radio station an interview that a serving Governor was a commander of Boko Haram.
Mailafia had also alleged that during the COVID-19 lockdown, insurgents were moving and distributing arms and ammunition across the country, and that they were moving up and down as if there was no lockdown.
This made the Department of State Services (DSS) invite him to its Jos office where he was interrogated thrice
He was 64.
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The Department of State Services (DSS) summoned him over the allegation and interrogated him for hours before releasing him.
Obadiah Mailafia Interview On Boko Haram
Mailaifa had talked on the killings in Southern Kaduna, one of the parts of the North-West region worst hit by banditry.
The interviewer had asked Mailaifa if the government was unwilling to protect the people of Southern Kaduna, to which he replied that some residents believed the government was sponsoring the killers.
Dr Mailafia said, “Some of us also have our intelligence networks. I have met with some of the bandits; we have met with some of their high commanders – one or two who have repented – they have sat down with us not once, not twice.
“They told us that one of the northern governors is the commander of Boko Haram in Nigeria. Boko Haram and the bandits are one and the same. They have a sophisticated network. During this lockdown their planes were moving up and down as if there was no lockdown.
“They were moving ammunition, moving money, and distributing them across different parts of the country.”