The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has described the demise of the former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, as a rude shock and a great loss to the country and the Church.
The Association calls on the Federal government to immortalise him.
In a statement by the General Secretary, Barrister Joseph Daramola, late Mailafia was described as a voice for the voiceless, a voice of courage, wisdom and reason, a patriot per excellence.
It said Such a voice is needed now when many well meaning Nigerians are keeping silent at the time they are expected to speak against the unending and unprecedented killings and kidnappings in the country as a result of the collapsed and compromised security architecture.
The statement added that Dr. Obadiah was a foremost defender of the masses and the Church.
“…Our consolation is that he not only died on duty for the Kingdom of God as a martyr but refused to compromise his faith in the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. He served God till his last breath.
We call on the Federal and Kaduna governments to immortalise him…”
CAN appeals to the people of the Middle Belt not to forget the man who served them to the end.
Also in another statement, the Northern Governors Forum has described the death of former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr. Obadiah Mailafiya as a great loss to the nation as well as the entire Northern region.
Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong said the death of Mailafiya is a sad development not only to his family, but to the nation because of his enormous contributions to the socio-economic pursuits of Nigeria.
Lalong described the late CBN Deputy Governor as a consummate financial expert and vibrant intellectual whose local and international reputation is highly acknowledged, having been sought and deployed for the benefit of Government and private entities around the world.
While commiserating with the family, Lalong said the legacies of . Mailafiya will continue to be celebrated as he showed passion for development, emancipation, truth, justice and equity in all his interventions at various platforms.
He said such aspirations for a better Nigeria and the upliftment of the downtrodden motivated him to vie for the office of the President in 2019 which afforded him the opportunity to expouse his vision for a better Nigeria.
Lalong extends the Forum’s sympathies to Governor Nasir el-Rufai, the Government and people of Kaduna State.