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One year after his death, the Middle-Belt Forum has continued to insist that a former Deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, was murdered by powerful forces.
The forum said his death was shrouded in conspiracies and with several unanswered questions that have continued to evoke more questions hoping for answers.
The President of MBC, Dr. Pogu Bitrus, represented by its Treasurer Benjamin Kaka, stated these during a one-year memorial service of Mailafiya which held on Monday night at the National Christian Centre in Abuja.
According to him, before independence, there had been a huge conspiracy of putting the Middle Belt together and keeping them under the umbrella of one North in order to be suppressed.
He said the MBF would mobilise its people and members to vote for a new Nigeria which would be devoid of political party affiliations, adding that the Middle Belt region has been the entity that has continued to hold the country together.
“We still believe that late Dr. Mailafiya was murdered. We strongly believe that there were conspiracies behind his death and mysterious circumstances that to date, we still do not have answers to. We cannot question God, but it is good to let people know about those bearing the brunt of what happened.
“The Middle Belt will not forget in a hurry the life and times of Obadiah Mailafiya. There has been a conspiracy even before independence to suppress the people of the Middle Belt and keep them down. God did not make a mistake to bring different tongues together.
“The Middle Belters have fought and stood for the unity of this country. There is a conspiracy of putting the Middle Belt together and keep them under the umbrella of one North. But we thank God that today in Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi, Kaduna, Kano and Borno as well as other places, there are minorities that have actually identified as Middle Belters to the glory of God. Mailafia is one of them. Middle belt forum is happy about the memories that he left.”
“We are mobilising the Middle Belt to stand for one another irrespective of the different tongues. Middle Belters are standing and we believe we are serving the living God which many people want to suppress. Mailafiya was a rising star that rose to serve this country. He chose not to cast his lot with fools and refused to eat the porridge serves by the haegemony”, he said.
A former Minister of Information and National Orientation, Prof. Jerry Gana, said the life of Mailafiya was worth emulating due to his selfless and honest service to the nation which was done with excellence.