I’ll stop talking when the killing stops – Mailafia

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Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr. Obadiah Mailafia says he will only stop talking when the “genocide” going on in his home town and other parts of the country stops.

The Sanga, Kaduna State-born development economist disclosed this in a chat with Vanguard while speaking on his recent travails with the Department of State Services (DSS) and subsequent resignation as a Directing Staff of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Plateau State.

The former presidential candidate had been invited by the secret police for claiming that a sitting Northern governor is the Commander of Boko Haram.

He said he resigned his appointment at NIPSS as his conscience would not let him rest over the killings.

Emphasising that his resignation was voluntary, Mailafia said, “I resigned for two reasons: Number one, this is what I wrote that a genocide is going on in my hometown. Innocent people, including children and women are being killed but not only in my hometown, but throughout the country.

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“In Daura where I grew up as a young man, in Katsina, Birnin-Gwari, Zamfara, Yobe, Borno, Adamawa and it is even moving further South, innocent people are being killed.

“I cannot reconcile myself with that, working in an institution that is supposed to promote good public policies for the whole country. I find it difficult to operate in that environment and my conscience does not allow me to rest under this situation.”

He further explained that he could not find genuineness in the efforts to end the killings.

Mailafia vowed to remain the voice of the “voiceless martyrs” no matter the personal cost.

Mailafia maintained that he would never stop talking nor tone down as he is being advised to do in many quarters.

He said, “No, I will never ever tone down. I will tone down when the killings stop. Let me make it clear, I never lived in Southern Kaduna. I left that place when I was six months old. My parents were missionaries. I was born in Southern Kaduna but I never lived there. I grew up in Nasarawa State and that has been my home since I was six months old. So I am not speaking because of Southern Kaduna; that is where I originally came from but I have never really lived there so it is not only about Southern Kaduna but about the whole country.”

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