The Northern Governors Forum (NGF) has described the death of former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr Obadiah Mailafiya as a great loss to the nation as well as the entire Northern region.
Governor of Plateau State and chairman Northern Governors Forum, Simon Lalong in a statement issued in Jos by the director of press affairs, Dr Simon Makut Macham, 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 development of Nigeria.
According to the statement, Governor Lalong described the late former 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 Dr Mailafiya would 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 espouse his vision for a better Nigeria. Governor Lalong also extended the forum’s sympathies to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, the government and people of Kaduna State.