The body of human rights activist and former CBN governor, Obadiah Mailafia, was laid to rest amid tears at the Mambilla Barracks in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that sympathisers were seen in their dozens, especially women, weeping at the loss of the man they described as the “bread winner” of their families.
In a sermon during the funeral service, Rev. Stephen Baba, ECWA President, urged all Christians to be prepared as they did not know when they would return to the great beyond.
Baba advised Christians to always be prayerful, watchful and prepared.
“Do good and render service to humanity,” he said.
He described Mailafia’s death as a great loss to the Christendom and to the country.
Also, Mr Joseph Daramola, the General Secretary, Christian Association Nigeria (CAN), in a message from the association, described Mailafia as a hardworking and committed patriotic Nigerian.
Daramola said that Mailafia was a genuine Christian, adding that the consolation was that he died a foremost defender of the masses and the church.
Mailafia was born on December 24, 1956 in Randa, Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State, and survived by a wife, Margaret Mailafia and two children, Emmanuel and Samora.
One of his memorable quotes was “Great states are not products of chance. They are products of imagination, creativity and purpose-driven leadership.’’