The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called on the Federal and Kaduna State governments to immortalise the late former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr. Obadiah Mailafia.
CAN also said the “people of the Middle Belt too should not forget the man who served them to the end.”
Mailafia, a former Presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the 2019 general elections, died Sunday morning at 64, after a brief illness at the National Hospital, Abuja.
CAN in a statement through its General Secretary, Rev. Joseph Daramola, said Mailafia was not only a patriot par excellence, but also a defender of the masses, and as such deserved to be celebrated.
In a statement titled; ‘CAN Mourns Obadiah Mailafia’, Daramola recalled that the former presidential candidate was a detribalised person who spoke against injustice anywhere in the country, especially when it affected the downtrodden.
He said, “We are dumbfounded by the sudden relocation of a voice of the voiceless, a voice of courage, wisdom and reason, a patriot per excellence, a genuine Christian, Dr Obadiah Mailafia when the Church, nay the country needs him most.
“Such a voice is needed now when many well meaning Nigerians are keeping silent at the time they are expected to speak against the unending and unprecedented killings and kidnappings in the country as a result of the collapsed and compromised security architecture.
“As far as we are concerned, the demise of such a hardworking and committed patriot is a rude shock, untimely, humanly speaking, unbelievable and very unfortunate. He was a foremost defender of the masses and the Church
“We call on the Federal and Kaduna governments to immortalise him. The people of the Middle Belt too should not forget the man who served them to the end.
“Our own part, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) will not be left behind as we have resolved to honour him during our forthcoming CAN’s anniversary celebrations.
“Our consolation is that he not only died on duty for the Kingdom of God as a martyr, but refused to compromise his faith in the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. He served God till his last breath.”