By Dele Aragunade, Abuja
ABUJA – A rights group, Concerned Nigerians has called on Nigerian government to investigate the circumstances that led to the sudden death of the former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria ( CBN ), Dr. Obadiah Mailafia.
In a statement by the Convener of the group, Deji Adeyanju on Sunday said Nigerian civic space has become hostile where dissidents and oppositions are being targeted by those in government for speaking truth to power.
The statement read ” Concerned Nigerians for the protection of Human Rights and Rule of Law Initiative has called on the Nigerian authorities to investigate the circumstances that led to the sudden death of dissident, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia.
“Dr. Obadiah Mailafia 64, a Development Economist, former deputy governor of Nigeria’s apex bank and rights activist that advocates freedoms and human rights for ethnic nationalities in Nigeria, died after a brief illness in Abuja on Sunday.
“We call on the Nigerian authorities to ensure that no foul play was involved in the death of Dr. Obadiah Mailafia. He had been violently targeted by some persons averse to his positions on how ethnic minorities in Northern Nigeria are being treated.”
” The convener of the group, Deji Adeyanju also said that Nigerians who work to expose the massive human rights violations and corruption in Buhari’s led administration are always the target of the oppressive regime.
“The Nigerian Civic space is very hostile and dissidents are constantly being targeted by those in government.”
“Finally, we call on the authorities to launch an inquest into the death of Dr. Obadiah and We pray almighty God to grant late Human rights activist, eternal repose.”