The Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has expressed sadness over the death of a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr. Obadiah Mailafia on Sunday in Abuja.
National Publicity Secretary of the forum, Dr. Isuwa Dogo, said on in a statement, on Sunday, that Mailafia’s death, at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital Gwagwalada, Abuja, is shocking and a big blow.
“Arising from various inquiries from Nigerians over the circumstances of his death, the forum wishes to state as follows: That Dr Mailafia arrived Abuja last Sunday September 12, 2021 from Akure (Ondo State) and was received at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by his wife.
“On arrival at home, the wife noticed he was not in the best of health conditions and seemed to be suffering from malaria. After three days of treatment without signs of improvement, he went to the CBN Hospital on Friday September 17, 2021 where he was shabbily treated. It took the intervention of a senior medic who immediately placed him on oxygen and admitted him.
“Dr. Mailafia was later given the option of choosing three hospitals: Gwagwalada Hospital, National Hospital and EHA Clinics. The wife opted for the third choice. On arrival at the EHA Clinics, the wife was subjected to yet another moment of anxiety as it took a direct order from the top management of the hospital to accept him,” Dogo said.
He said that after few hours of treatment, the EHA Clinics told the wife that it was expedient to transfer the former CBN Deputy Governor to Gwagwalada as the clinic was not fully equipped to handle his case.
He said that late Mailafia’s widow opposed the decision and insisted that she was opposed to the idea of taking her husband to Gwagwalada and only agreed after the consultant assured her that nothing bad will happen to her husband.
“Yesterday (Saturday), Dr. Obadiah was transferred to Gwagwalada. On arrival, the name of the doctor that was billed to attend to Dr. Mailafia was not on duty.
“Even when an attempt was made by foreign health consultants to save the situation, the doctor on duty got angry and said he was not obligated to listen to any foreign consultants that had been brought into the matter with the sole purpose of ensuring nothing goes wrong,” Dogo said.
He said that the wife of the former CBN Deputy Governor was asked to pay N600,000 as deposit even when it was a referral case, with accruing medical bill to be settled by the CBN.
He also said that at a point, Dr. Mailafia complained over his breathing problems and pleaded with the doctors to place him in a ventilator, which he said the doctors refused.
“Even after the doctors declared Dr. Mailafia dead, foreign consultants who were brought into the matter through Dr Mailafia’s son living abroad, had directed a family member who is a medical professional, with the wife of the CBN Deputy Governor, to mount pressure on the chest of Dr. Mailafia for resuscitation and thereafter place him on a life support.
“The doctors in Gwagwalada refused all entreaties by the family members of Dr. Mailafia to follow the advice of the foreign consultants, insisting that they have already pronounced him dead.
“While the above narration sums up the circumstances under which Dr. Mailafia died, we still await the result of the actual cause of his death.
“As a nationalist and patriot that he was, Dr. Mailafia was completely dedicated to the emancipation of ethnic nationalities from the clutches of oppression.
“The economist was never afraid to speak truth to power just as he remained committed to the enthronement of justice and equity to all citizens across ethnic and religious divides.”
Dogo said that the Forum is inspired by his altruistic disposition and contributions to national development and also remain proud of his footprints on the political, economic and social sands of the nation.