JOS – The former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr. Obadiah Malafia, has said he does not want to join issues with the Department of State Service (DSS) over the agency’s recent statement on what transpired between them at their Jos headquarters.
Malafia, in a telephone interview with Sunday Independent, said, “I’m not a sensationalist, but a statesman that has love for his country and who is also interested in seeing that the killings that are going on in any part of the country should stop.”
According to him, “The other day, a pregnant woman was killed in one of the states in the country and her stomach was ripped open by her assailants. I hate seeing and hearing such things happening to women and children.”
Malafia told Sunday Independent that as a statesman, he would continue to work for the peace of this country at all times with other statesmen, saying, “What Nigeria needs at this point in time is peaceful coexistence among the diverse people of this country for the overall development of Nigeria.”
Also, the president, Middle Belt Youth Council, Emmanuel Zopmal, told Sunday Independent that Malafia did not retract any of his statements or interview made on the ongoing attacks and killings of his people of Southern Kaduna or other citizens of this country in any part of Nigeria.
According to him, the youths of the Middle Belt must tell the DSS that they should stop chasing shadows and go after those disturbing the peace of the minority ethnic groups of the country.
He said they were all there at the DSS Jos Headquartres and that the media interaction between Malafia and the Jos journalists were done in the presence of the DSS officials before he left the vicinity.
Zopmal wondered why the DSS should issue another statement, contrary to the presentation of Malafia.
The DSS had on Friday accused Mailafia of attempting to breach the peace with his claim that a northern governor was one of the commanders of the terrorist group, Boko Haram.
This came on the heels of the interview Mailafia granted the BBC Hausa late on Thursday, where he said he got the information about the alleged involvement of the said governor from “some Fulani traders” and did not know that his statement would go viral.
A statement issued by the DSS in Abuja said that in spite of the channels available to Mailafia as a former government official, he chose to cross the line of decorum.
The statement signed by the DSS spokesman, Dr. Peter Afunanya, said that in spite of the apology tendered by Mailafia at the DSS office in Jos, Plateau State, he continued to stick to his position as the truth.
“Mailafia, as a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and currently, a directing staff at Nigeria’s foremost policy research institute, the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, has unhindered access to government’s platforms. It is expected that he should be conversant with official information management protocols.
“But regrettably, he chose to cross the lines of decorum and conduct expected of a personality of his status. It is disappointing that he never took advantage of these to reach any of the security or related agencies to share the so called information at his disposal,” the statement said.
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