Former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Obadiah Mailafia has disclosed that he got the information about a northern governor leading Boko Haram from Fulani traders in a market.
Mailafia was invited by the Department of State Services (DSS) over a claim he made while being interviewed on an FM station in Abuja on Monday, that a governor from the north is the leader of Boko Haram and that terrorists were planning to plunge the country into another civil war by 2022.
After his release from the DSS custody, the former presidential candidate said he is ready to lay down his life for the country like former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, did for his country.
On Friday, the DSS stated that it was regrettable that “Mailafiya, who had profusely apologized during his visit to the Service’s Plateau State Command for his ignoble statement, would, afterward, announce to the world that he stood by his misguided eruption”.
In an interview with BBC Hausa, Mailafia said he got the controversial information from “some Fulani traders” in the market and did not know that his statement would go viral.
According to him, his words were misunderstood and that he did not even know he was recorded on video.
Mailafia said he told the DSS what he knew about the incident and would not repeat what he said. He apologised for any comments he made that offended others.
The Directing Staff at Nigeria’s foremost Policy Research Institute, the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, added that he is a fan of President Muhammadu Buhari, “but there are bad people who don’t give him the advice to help him”.
Meanwhile, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) also already imposed a N5 million fine on the radio station that aired the interview.