The death of former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr Obadiah Mailafia came as a rude shock to many.
The ex-Presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress was aged 64.
WuzupNigeria reported that the deceased, who is known to be a strong critic of the administration of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), died in the early hours of Sunday after battling a protracted illness.
Here are a few things you probably didn't know about the late Mailafia:
1. He was born on 24th of December 1956. His father Baba Mailafia Gambo Galadima was an evangelist with the Evangelical Reformed Church of Central Nigeria. His parents later transferred to Murya, Lafia, in Nasarawa State where he grew up.
2. He was the 2019 Nigeria Presidential election Candidate of African Democratic Congress.
3. Mailafia hailed from Randa, in the Christian-dominated Southern Kaduna and taught economics at different institutions.
4. Mailafia studied economics at the Institut International d’Administration Publique (of l’École Nationale d’Administration) in France and went on to earn his doctorate in economic development and international relations at Oriel College of Oxford.
5. He taught at the American University of London and at Regent’s Business School before he joined the African Development Bank(ADB) first in Côte d’Ivoire and then Tunisia.
8. He received the Mamoun Beheiry Award for distinguished service to the ADB Group.
9. In 2005, Mailafia served as the Deputy Governor of CBN, a post that he held until 2007.
10. Mailafia was appointed Chief of Staff at the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States in Brussels.