Concerned Nigerians for the Protection of Human Rights and the Rule of Law Initiative has urged Nigerian authorities to look into the circumstances surrounding Dr. Obadiah Mailafia’s death.
Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, 64, a development economist, former deputy governor of Nigeria’s central bank, and rights campaigner who pushed for ethnic nationalities’ liberties and human rights in Nigeria, died on Sunday in Abuja after a brief illness.
Deji Adeyanju, the group’s convener, said in a statement late Sunday that Nigerians who fight to expose President Muhammad Buhari’s administration’s gross human rights violations and corruption are always the target of “the opportunists.”
“We demand that the Nigerian authorities ensure that Dr. Obadiah Mailafia’s death was not caused by foul play. Some people were aggressively attacking him because of his views on how ethnic minorities in Northern Nigeria are handled.
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“The Nigerian civic space is hostile, and government officials are constantly targeting dissidents.
“Finally, we demand that the government hold an inquest into Dr. Obadiah’s death, and we beg to Almighty God to grant the late human rights activist eternal rest,” he said.
In a recent interview, Dr. Mailafia, a social crusader, hinted to the public that a specific governor in the north knew something about the sponsorship of the dangerous Boko Haram rebels.
The Nigerian Department of State Services arrested him and interrogated him as a result of this (DSS).