Kinsmen trace Obadiah Mailafia’s death to Doctor’s negligence
By Abib Okunola
The death of the former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Dr Obadiah Mailafia has been linked to negligence by doctors who attended to him. The diseased was shabbily treated at the CBN Hospital and the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital he was rushed to, his kinsmen said.
Malaifa died at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital Gwagwalada, Abuja, on Sunday.
A statement by the Middle Belt Forum (MBF), signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Isuwa Dogo and made available to Irohinoodua said his untimely death could have been avoided if the medical personnels had promptly attended to him.
The group said his has dealt a deadly blow on ethnic nationalities of not only the Middle Belt but the country at large.
Narrating how he died, from the information sourced from his wife and family the Middle Belt Forum said Dr Mailafia arrived Abuja last Sunday September 12, 2021 from Akure and was received at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by his wife.
“On arrival at home, the wife noticed he was not in the best of health conditions and seemed to be suffering from malaria. After three days of treatment without signs of improvement, he went to the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN) Hospital on Friday September 17, 2021 where he was shabily treated. It took the intervention of a senior medic who immediately placed him on oxygen and admitted him.”
The group said Dr Mailafia’s was later given the option of choosing three hospitals: Gwagwalada Hospital, National Hospital and EHA Clinics.
The wife was said to have opted for the third choice.
“On arrival at the EHA Clinics, the wife was subjected to yet another moment of anxiety as it took a direct order from the top management of the hospital to accept him. After few hours of treatment, the EHA Clinics told the wife that it was expedient to transfer the former CBN Deputy Governor to Gwagwalada as the clinic was not fully equipped to handle the case.”
The group said the wife opposed the decision and insisted that she was opposed to the idea of taking her husband to Gwagwalada.
“Mailafia’s wife only succumbed when the consultant assured her that nothing bad will happen to her husband. Yesterday, Saturday September 18, 2021, Dr Obadiah was transfered to Gwagwalada. on arrival, doctor that was billed to attend to Dr Mailafia was not on duty. Even when an attempt was made by foreign health consultants to save the situation, the doctor on duty got angry and said he was not obligated to listen to any foreign consultants that had been brought into the matter with the sole purpose of ensuring nothing goes wrong,” the group said.
It reported that the wife of the former CBN Deputy Governor was asked to pay the sum of N600’000 as deposit even when it was a referral case, with accruing medical bill to be settled by the CBN.
At a point, the group said, Dr Mailafia complained over his breathing problems and pleaded with the doctors to place him in a ventilator. The doctors flatly refused.
Even after the doctors declared Dr. Mailafia dead, foreign consultants who were brought into the matter through Dr Mailafia’s son that is living abroad, had directed a family member who is a medical professional, with the wife of the CBN Deputy Governor, to mount pressure on the chest of Dr. Mailafia for resuscitation and thereafter place him on a life support.
It said the doctors in Gwagwalada refused all entreaties by the family members of Dr Mailafia to follow the advice of the foreign consultants, insisting that they have already pronounced him dead.
“Even when the wife could feel the pulse of her husband, the doctor flatly declared there was nothing they could do since they had already pronounced him dead. While the above narration sums up the circumstances under which Dr Mailafia died, we still await the result of the actual cause of his death. As a nationalist and patriot that he was, Dr. Mailafia was completely dedicated to the emancipation of ethnic nationalities from the clutches of oppression” the group said.
The Middle Belt Forum said the economist was never afraid to speak truth to power just as he remained committed to the enthronement of justice and equity to all citizens across ethnic and religious divides.
“In the twilight of his life, this consummate technocrat and global scholar of repute beamed his searchlight on the raging insecurity ravaging our country. He expressed regrets over government’s incapacity to rein in the activities of insurgents and criminal groups terrorising the nation.As a former presidential candidate in the 2019 poll, Dr Mailafia sought to deploy politics to bring about the dream he had for his country. Even after he lost the election, he never let down the bar in demanding for a fair treatment for all Nigerians,” the Forum said.
The Forum recalls his patriotic zeal in standing up for truth and justice. He was never a letdown in being at the forefront of showing the way for national greatness as he was willing to lay down his life for Nigeria.
The Forum said it is inspired by his altruistic disposition and contributions to national development. We remain proud of his footprints on the political, economic and social sands of our nation.
“In this period of grief, we extend our sympathy to his immediate family members and pray to the Almighty God to grant each and everyone of them the fortitude to bear the pain of this irreparable loss.
“The death of Dr Mailafia today represents a dark day for not only only the Middle Belt but also for all citizens who yearn for a new dawn for justice in Nigeria.”