Ahead of the appearance of former Central Bank of Nigeria Deputy Governor, Dr Obadiah Mailafia’s appearance before the Department of State Services in Jos, Plateau state capital tomorrow, a group, Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, has condemned the third invitation extended to him, dubbing it a sign of dictatorship.
In a statement by the National President of the SOKAPU, Jonathan Asake, on Sunday in Kaduna, the group warned that nothing untoward must happen to their “illustrious son”.
Mailafia has been invited twice to defend claims made on radio that an unnamed Northern Governor was heading the Boko Haram sect.
The statement titled, ‘SOKAPU’s Stand on Dr. Obed Mailafia’s invitation by the DSS,’ read in part, “The attention of the leadership of Southern Kaduna Peoples Union has been drawn to yet another invitation extended to the former presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress, Dr Obadiah Mailafia, to report to the Plateau State office of the Department of State Service (DSS) on Monday September 14, 2020 for yet another session of questioning.
“We are worried that this is the third time that the nation’s secret police is inviting Dr Obadiah to appear in its Jos office over a radio interview he granted. It is now undoubtably obvious that these series of summons are aimed at not only intimidating the former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, but also throwing him into an abyss of frightening uncertainties in a bid to force him into silence.
“As Dr. Mailafia prepares to honour the third invitation tomorrow, September 14, 2020, SOKAPU wishes to place on record that should any evil be visited on him, the DSS should be held responsible.
“SOKAPU calls on men and women of good conscience in Nigeria and the international community to rise up against this apparent dictatorship and stop further persecution of Dr. Mailafia over his audacity to stand up for truth and patriotism.
“We call on Nigerian patriots and groups engaged in the battle for a better tomorrow for our nation not to relent but speak up against the deliberate attempt at bullying a voice that has courageously spoken for us all.
“We believe that the lives of Southern Kaduna people matter, and there can be no acceptance of this reality than for all to unite and stop further persecution and hounding of Dr. Mailafia for daring to expose the forces that threaten our corporate existence as a nation.”