Counsel to Nnamdi Kanu the embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Ifeanyi Ejiofor, has reacted to the death of a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Obadiah Mailafia.
Naija News had earlier reports that Mailafia, a vocal critic of the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, died on Sunday morning at the National Hospital, Abuja.
Though details of his death are still sketchy, the Middle-Belt Forum had accused the hospital of treating the renowned economist poorly.
Reacting in a series of post on Twitter, Ejiofor recalled how Mailafia made the people of the Middle-Belt apologize to Igbos over the role they played in the Biafra war.
While stating that the ex-CBN chief’s death came as a shock to him, Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer revealed that Obadiah Mailafia had sought for forgiveness, peace and reconciliation from the Igbos.
Ejiofor wrote: “The sad news of the sudden demise of Dr Mailafia hit me with a great shock.I could not believe it until I made calls to close contacts who confirmed it was true. Hmmmm, what is life but fleeting moments? Today we’re here, tomorrow we’re no more.
“Permit me to say that Dr.Mailafia is a fine gentleman who stood on the side of truth. He was well read and a man of the letters who was bold to persuade the people of the middle belt to tender an apology to the Igbos for the role they played against the Biafrans during the civil war.
“It was a horrible experience for the people of the South East, the massacre is better imagined than experienced.Our people lost the battle after three years due to the roles played by her neighbours.
“Torture, rape, starvation, illness and diseases ravaged our people and our neighbours never lifted a finger to help.They rather joined forces with the oppressors and unleashed terror on our land.
“It is now history, yet that history is being subdued so that present and future generations are not aware of the evil done to their forefathers. Yet, Dr.Mailafia, even though of the Northern extract stood out and acknowledged the ills done to the igbos and sought for forgiveness, peace and reconciliation.
“That is the true example of sportsmanship. It’s often said that good people don’t last.
“A rare gem is lost! We cannot question God because He alone gives and takes when it pleases him.”