Former CBN deputy governor Obadiah Mailafia says his life is under threat over Boko Haram comments


FORMER Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) deputy governor Dr Obadiah Mailafia has warned that his life is in danger after he was invited for the third time to visit the offices of the Department of State Services (DSS) over his allegations about terrorism in the country.


Last month, Dr Mailafia, a former presidential candidate in the last election, had said repentant insurgents identified a northern governor as one of their leaders. Speaking during a programme on Nigeria Info 95.1FM, he added that the insurgents revealed that one of the northern governors is the commander of Boko Haram in Nigeria and revealed that the armed bandits currently terrorising the country and Boko Haram are one and the same.


As a result of his comments, Dr Mailafia said he has been invited to the offices of the DSS three times to answer questions about his allegations. Earlier today in Jos, the Plateau State capital, he described the latest DSS invitation as political persecution and urged well-meaning people to pray for his safety.


Dr Mailafia said: “Dear comrades, beloved brethren, I have once again for the third time been ordered to appear before the DSS at their Jos headquarters this coming Monday 14th September, at 11am. This is in addition to our battle in court, as my lawyer appears before a Jos High Court today Friday the 11th, seeking a restraining order against the deputy inspector-general of police Criminal Investigations Department, who are also pursuing me.


“I spent over 20 years of my working life abroad as a university teacher, banker and international civil servant with unblemished record. I have no criminal record, not even a parking ticket bit sadly, it is in my own fatherland that I’m being subjected to criminal investigation and such extreme political persecution.


“Please, pray for me as I have reasons to believe that my life is in danger and that some powerful political forces want to silence me forever for speaking on behalf of the holy martyrs, of thousands of innocent children, women, elderly and youths that have been killed in our beloved country.  It is only in our benighted country that a man who speaks from his conscience can be hounded like a common criminal.


“Please, those of you in the Jos area or who can easily travel please kindly mobilise and be there en masse to support me on Monday at 11 am as I go once again into the lions’ den. I’m a believer in non-violence, so please, no-one should throw even a little stone on my behalf. Let us become candles of light and peace in this age of darkness."