Obadiah Mailafia, a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is dead.
The 64-year-old was said to have passed away on Sunday morning at the National Hospital Abuja.
Femi Fani-Kayode, ex-minister of aviation, shared the news on his Facebook page.
He wrote: “I am saddened by the passing of my dear friend and brother Mr. Obadiah Mailafia who was one of the most powerful and progressive voices in our country. I was informed that he passed this morning.
“He was a great nationalist, a believer in Nigeria, a kind and gentle soul, a devout and practising Christian, the leading voice of the Middle Belt zone, a former Deputy Gov. of Central Bank, a former Presidential candidate, a graduate of Oxford University and one of the most brilliant men that I ever had the privilage of knowing.
“My commiserations go to his wife Margaret, his wonderful children and to the members of his wider family.
May his soul rest in peace.
Rest with the Lord and with the saints and stars of heaven my brother.
“You were our brightest and best. Until we meet again. Glory be unto the name of our Lord.”
Mailafia stirred controversy in 2020, when he alleged that a state governor in the north was sponsoring Boko Haram terrorists in the country.
He was invited by the Department of States Services (DSS) over the revelation.
The former CBN deputy governor was also a fierce critic of President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.