How Nigerian Doctors killed Obadiah Mailafia
Doctors at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, Abuja, are accused by the Middle Belt Forum of killing one of its promoters, Dr Obadiah Mailafia, on Sunday through shabby treatment.
In a statement issued late Sunday in Abuja, MBF’s National Publicity Secretary, Dr Isuwa Dogo, clarified the situation.
“The death of the former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria this (Sunday) morning at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, Abuja, came as a great shock to us,” the statement reads.
“His untimely death has dealt a deadly blow to ethnic nationalities of not only the Middle Belt but the country as a whole, as someone who relentlessly participated in the activities of the Middle Belt Forum.
“In response to numerous inquiries from Nigerians regarding his death, the forum wishes to state the following: Dr Mailafia arrived in Abuja from Akure on September 12, 2021, and was met by his wife at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
“When he returned home, his wife noticed that he was in poor health and appeared to be suffering from malaria. On Friday, September 17, 2021, he went to the CBN Hospital after three days of treatment with no signs of improvement, where he was treated shabbily. It took the intervention of a senior medic, who put him on oxygen and admitted him to the hospital right away.
“After that, Dr Mailafia was given the option of choosing between three hospitals: Gwagwalada Hospital, National Hospital, and EHA Clinics. The third option was chosen by the wife. When the wife arrived at the EHA Clinics, she was faced with yet another source of anxiety, as accepting him required a direct order from the hospital’s top management.
“After a few hours of treatment, the EHA Clinics informed the wife that the former CBN Deputy Governor should be transferred to Gwagwalada because the clinic was not equipped to handle the case.
“The wife objected to the decision, stating that she did not want to accompany her husband to Gwagwalada. Only after the consultant assured Mailafia’s wife that nothing bad would happen to her husband did she succumb.
“Dr Obadiah was transferred to Gwagwalada yesterday, Saturday, September 18, 2021. The doctor who was supposed to attend to Dr Mailafia was not on duty when we arrived. Even when foreign health consultants attempted to save the situation, the on-duty doctor became enraged and stated that he was not obligated to listen to any foreign consultants who had been brought in solely to ensure that nothing went wrong.
“Even though it was a referral case with an accruing medical bill to be settled by the CBN, the former CBN Deputy Governor’s wife was asked to pay a deposit of N600,000. Dr Mailafia complained about his breathing problems at one point and begged the doctors to put him on a ventilator. The doctors were adamant in their refusal.
“Even after the doctors declared Dr Mailafia dead, foreign consultants brought in through Dr Mailafia’s son, who lives abroad, directed a family member who is a medical professional, along with the wife of the CBN Deputy Governor, to apply pressure to Dr Mailafia’s chest for resuscitation and then put him on life support.
“The doctors in Gwagwalada have refused all requests from Dr Mailafia’s family to follow the advice of the foreign consultants, claiming that he has already died. Even though the wife could feel her husband’s pulse, the doctor flatly stated that there was nothing they could do because he had already been pronounced dead.
“While the above account summarises the circumstances surrounding Dr Mailafia’s death, the actual cause of his death remains unknown. Dr Mailafia, as a nationalist and patriot, was completely committed to the liberation of ethnic nationalities from oppression.
“The economist was unafraid to tell it like it was, and he remained dedicated to the enthronement of justice and equity for all citizens, regardless of ethnic or religious differences.
“In the twilight of his life, this consummate technocrat and renowned global scholar beamed his searchlight on our country’s raging insecurity. He expressed regret for the government’s inability to control insurgents and criminal groups terrorising the country.
The forum stated, “The death of Dr Mailafia today represents a dark day for not only the Middle Belt but for all citizens who yearn for a new dawn for justice in Nigeria.”
As of the time of filing this report, attempts to contact hospital officials were unsuccessful.