Ace Vanguard columnist and public intellectual, Dr Obadiah Mailafia, is dead.
According to a source, the 64-year-old former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) died at the National Hospital Abuja.
Dr Mailafia who was born on 24 December 1956 in the village of Randa, Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna state served as the deputy governor of the CBN between 2005 and 2007.
From 2010 to 2015, Dr Mailafia was the chief of staff (Chef de Cabinet) to the 79-member nation African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States based in Brussels, Belgium.
In this capacity he was the most senior adviser to the secretary-general, overseeing the strategic management function; liaising with external partners such as the European Commission, European Parliament, European Investment Bank (EIB), UN agencies and the IMF and World Bank.
In 2019, Dr Mailafia joined the presidential race under the platform of the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
The election was won by Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress (APC).