The embattled former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Obadiah Mailafia, has confessed that he didn’t mean to say that government officials are involved in promoting Boko Haram insurgence in the Northeast because he had no evidence.
He said that he has no evidence also to back his allegations that the government was culpable in the killing of Nigerians and that an unnamed Nigerian governor was a sponsor of bandits killing Nigerians.
Mailafia who spoke today, September 14, shortly after being quizzed for the third time by the Department of State Service (DSS), in Jos, the Plateau State capital, said: “I had a routine appearance with the Department State Security, Plateau State Command. I am very pleased that I was treated very professionally. There was no harassment or intimidation.
“Over a month ago when I gave a radio interview, based on what I heard. If I had my way there are few things I would say differently, but I spoke on the spur of the moments, and I believed that it was a matter of greater urgency to make a wake-up call to what is happening.
“I didn’t really mean to say that the government was part and parcel of the killings, I implied that they could do better because thousands are dying, innocent women and children, elderly and youths.
“But if I have my way I would have put it in better language, and I have no way of corroborating some of these things. I heard it and I couldn’t have followed them into their camps to confirm because I might not come back to tell the story, so that is the reality.”
On his earlier claim that his life being threatened, he said though he has no evidence, he believes his life is under threat.
“I have indicated that I have reason to believe that my life has been in danger. I have no conclusive proof but I get threat, I get calls. Where I was staying, on Thursday, I saw some strange people at the gate trying to break in. I jumped the fence and escaped because I don’t know who they are.”