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‘I don’t Want Issues’ – Mailafia Explains Why He Backtracked

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Dr. Obadiah Malafia

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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