A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr Obadiah Mailafia, has passed on at the age of 64.

He was said to have died at midnight after a brief illness.

The former deputy governor, Mailafia was born on December 24, 1956, in the Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

He later graduated top of his class at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1978 with a B.Sc.

Honours 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.

He joined partisan politics in 2018.

Obadiah has remained an ardent government critic even after losing its presidential bid in the last republic

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