The Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, has passed away from the novel coronavirus disease more than two weeks after he tested positive.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, announced Mr Kyari’s death via Twitter on Friday along with the President’s spokespersons, Garba Shehu who also confirmed that his funeral arrangements would be publicized soon.
This news is coming after Nigeria Centre for Disease Control recorded 51 new cases of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a tweet on Friday, the health agency reported that 32 cases in Lagos, six in Kano, five in Kwara, two each in the Federal Capital Territory and Oyo, and one each in Ogun and Ekiti. They also confirmed an increase of four deaths, bringing total casualties to 17 while the number of discharged patients rose by seven to 159.
News that Kyari had tested positive for COVID-19 first broke on March 24, about 10 days after he returned from a trip to Germany during which he met with officials of Siemens in Munich on Nigeria’s electricity expansion programme but he confirmed the news in a statement on March 29, the same day President Buhari first announced a two-weekvia a national broadcast.
According to Channels TV, Kyari was a Kanuri from Borno and was one of President’s Buhari’s closest allies. Appointed Chief of Staff in August 2015, he became considered one of the most influential and powerful members of the Buhari administration.
Prior to his foray into politics, Kyari had a professional career as a lawyer and spent years in the banking industry, rising to become the Chief Executive Officer of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) at some point.
Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, passes on. May God rest his soul. Amen. Funeral arrangements to be announced soon.
— Femi Adesina (@FemAdesina) April 17, 2020
May God accept his soul.
Funeral arrangements will be announced shortly.
— Garba Shehu (@GarShehu) April 17, 2020
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