Obadiah Mailafia, a former presidential candidate of African Democratic Congress (ADC) and also former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has revealed that he has resigned from the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS. It will be recalled that Obadiah Mailafia had, some days ago, made stunning revelations about the Southern Kaduna killings and Boko Haram terrorism, which of course, earned him invitations by the Department of State Services (DSS) in Jos Office. This time around, Obadiah declared that he had to resign from NIPSS because of the Southern Kaduna killings which have been happening for some time now. According to Mailafia, he said: “I have resigned from NIPSS. Nobody asked me or pressurized me to resign. I did it on my own.”
He continued, “I decided that I cannot continue working, with all my good conscience, when my people are continually being killed and genocide is being committed against my people.
“That was the reason I gave, and the management has accepted my resignation,” he added.
The former CBN Deputy Governor has been invited for interrogation by the DSS twice within a period of five days over his comments on Nigeria Info FM radio on the terrorism ravaging the nation. Obadiah Mailafia had alleged that a repentant bandit had hinted him that a serving northern governor was a commander of the terrorist group. Of course, this was greeted by several reactions including a five million naira fine imposed on the radio station by the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC. One of those who reacted was the former Vice President and also former PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar. Atiku in a statement urged NBC to review the amended code and drop the fine against the media outfit. He said, “Whether or not what Dr. Mailafia said on the radio station was a false claim, it is outside of the objectives of a responsible regulatory framework to sanction a radio station for a comment an individual made, more so that the personality in question, Dr. Obadiah, had been quizzed and released by law enforcement agents.
“If for any reason the authorities are not satisfied with his explanations, they are at liberty to prosecute him in court, but not to make a scapegoat of the media platform that provides opportunities for citizens to ventilate their views.
“The claim by the management of NBC that ‘this (the penalty) is expected to serve as a deterrent to all other broadcast stations in Nigeria who are quick to provide a platform for subversive rhetoric and expositions of spurious and unverifiable claims, to desist from such’, is a naked attempt to gag the media in Nigeria.”