Abba Kyari After a Serious battle with the ravaging Coronavirus (COVID-19) has died.
Abba Kyari until death was the Nigeria President’s Muhammadu Buhari Chief Of Staff.
His Death Announcement was made by The Media Aide to Nigeri President Femi Adesina.
Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, confirmed the sad news in a tweet: “Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, passes on. May God rest his soul. Amen. Funeral arrangements to be announced soon.”
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu also confirmed the death in a terse chat posted on his Twitter handle.
The Presidency regrets to announce the passage of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari.
The deceased had tested positive to the ravaging COVID-19, and had been receiving treatment. But he died on Friday, April 17, 2020.
May God accept his soul. Funeral arrangements will be announced shortly.
Buhari named Kyari, a former chief executive officer of United Bank for Africa Plc, as his chief of staff in August 2015, and renewed his appointment after winning a second term in office. Behind the scenes, he was regarded as one of the powerful politicians in the country of more than 200 million people.
Kyari tested positive for the virus after returning from a trip to Germany, the presidency said in a statement.
Hailing from the northeastern state of Borno, Kyari had worked at companies including Unilever Nigeria Plc and Exxon Mobil Corp.’s Nigerian unit, and held degrees from the University of Cambridge and University of Warwick in law and sociology.
BIOGRAPHY OF ABBA KYARI
Abba Kyari was a Nigerian politician who is currently serving as the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Early life and education of Abba Kyari
A Kanuri from Borno, not much is known about his early life. In 1980, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Warwick, and also received a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Cambridge. In 1983, he was called to the Nigerian Bar after attending the Nigerian Law School.
In 1984, he obtained a master’s degree in law from the University of Cambridge. He later attended the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland and participated in the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School, in 1992 and 1994, respectively.
Kyari was married to the sister-in-law of Ibrahim Tahir, and has four children.
On March 24, 2020, it was made public that Kyari tested positive for COVID-19 on March 23, following an official trip to Germany nine days before. He is currently in self isolation, and arrangements are being made to test his inner circle.
Kyari worked for the law firm Fani-Kayode and Sowemimo for some time after his return to Nigeria.
From 1988 to 1990, he was Editor with the New Africa Holdings Limited Kaduna.
In 1990, he served as a Commissioner for Forestry and Animal Resources in Borno State.
From 1990 to 1995, Kyari was the secretary to the board of African International Bank Limited, a subsidiary of Bank of Credit and Commerce International.
Kyari was an executive director in charge of management services at the United Bank for Africa, and was later appointed the chief executive officer. In 2002, he was appointed a board director of Unilever Nigeria, and later served on the board of Exxon Mobil Nigeria.
In August 2015, Kyari was appointed Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Since his appointment, Kyari has become an influential figure within the Buhari administration. During the administration’s first term, he worked mainly behind the scenes to implement the president’s agenda. In 2019 with Buhari’s re-election for a second term, he ordered his cabinet to channel all requests through Kyari’s office. Further enhancing his influence within government circles, and being labelled as the de facto head of government.
In 2017, following a leaked memo, Kyari became embroiled in a public argument with the Head of Civil Service, who was later removed from office and arrested. In 2020, in another leaked memo, Babagana Monguno the National Security Adviser accused Kyari of meddling in matters of national security.
Abba Kyari died on the 17th of April 2020 after battling with the ravaging Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Things to Know About Late Abba Kyari
1. Abba Kyari hailed from Borno State and was born on November 17, 1938.
2. The 81-year-old was a lawyer, businessman and politician.
3. In August 2015, Kyari was appointed as the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
4. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Warwick, England, in 1980.
5. The late COS also held a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law from the University of Cambridge, England and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1983.
6. Kyari had worked as an Editor with the New Africa Holdings Limited, Kaduna Between 1988, and had served with the Borno State Executive Council as Commissioner for Forestry and Animal Resources in 1990.
7. He also worked as an Executive Director, Management Services, United Bank for Africa (UBA) and was appointed a Director of Unilever Nigeria Plc in 2002.
8. He served as Honorary Member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Investment in Nigeria between 2000 and 2005.
9. Kyari was a holder of the Nigerian Honour Award of Officer of the Order of the Niger (O.O.N).
10. Kyari who died after battling COVID-19 is survived by his wife and four children
Last Statement of Abba Kyari Before he died
I am writing to let you know that on medical advice, I will transfer to Lagos later today for additional tests and observation. This is a precautionary measure: I feel well, but last week, I tested positive for coronavirus, the pandemic that is sweeping the world. I have followed all the protocols government has announced to self-isolate and quarantine.
I have made my own care arrangements to avoid further burdening the public health system, which faces so many pressures. Like many others that will test also positive, I have not experienced high fever or other symptoms associated with this new virus and have been working from home. I hope to be back at my desk very soon. I have a team of young, professional, knowledgeable and patriotic colleagues, whose dedication has been beyond the call of duty, who continue to work seven days a week, with no time of the day spared. We will continue to serve the President and people of Nigeria, as we have for the past five years.
I want to thank all our fantastic, talented and brave healthcare professionals, working across the country in such a difficult time; all the good Samaritans looking out for the most vulnerable in our communities; the key workers that will keep our country going through this; friends and family and often strangers, who have sent me such warm wishes and displayed such a generosity of spirit.
We should be calm, measured and diligent – be meticulous in your hygiene, especially with cleaning hands, if possible stay at home or keep your distance. Listen to good advice from the proper authorities: pay no heed to quack cures or fake news from social media. President Buhari will do whatever it takes to protect the health and safety of our people and get the country back on its feet as soon as possible.
Like the whole world, we are dealing with a new disease. Our experts are learning more all the time about coronavirus, what it does and how we can combat it. What we do know is that while some may become very sick, many others who contract the virus will not, and may have no symptoms at all. This is a disease that recognises no difference between north and south, men or women, rich or poor. We are all in this together.
Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari
Godwin Obaseki Reacts to Abba Kyari Death
I received the news of the death of Mallam Abba Kyari with a heavy heart. We have indeed lost a rare gem. As Chief of Staff to President
@MBuhari ,Mallam Abba Kyari commanded great influence that made him a rallying point for key policy decisions. He would be missed greatly.
I received the news of the death of Mallam Abba Kyari with a heavy heart. We have indeed lost a rare gem.
As Chief of Staff to President @MBuhari , Mallam Abba Kyari commanded great influence that made him a rallying point for key policy decisions. He would be missed greatly.
— Godwin Obaseki (GGO) (@GovernorObaseki) April 18, 2020
Dino Melaye Reacts to Abba Kyari Death
My condolence to Mr President and the family of Abba Kyari. May his soul rest in peace and may God grant his loved ones the fortitude to bear this loss. This is a circle we must all complete someday. We need to be prepared and live just. That hour and time knoweth no man. Shows no one is above death or God. What will death find you doing when it comes visiting?
Your character becomes your beauty. May we all be at peace with God when our time is up.
Ben Murray Bruce reacts to Abba Kyari Death
I am saddened by the news of the death of Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari. My sincere condolences to the family and loved ones, and also President @MBuhari May his soul rest in peace.
Festus Keyamo, SAN Reacts to Death of Abba Kyari
When I chatted with him exactly on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, he assured me his health was fine and that he would faithfully take the treatments. But God always knows best. Sincere condolences to the Kyari family and the Government of Nigeria. Adieu Mallam Abba Kyari.
Senator Shehu Sani Reacts to Death of Abba Kyari
Abba Kyari; The President has lost a trusted & loyal friend.A man who took the bullets of his master with smiles,calmness & silence.We knew his cap & his colors but never his mind or his own side of his story.He will be missed as a Punchman or a punch RIP AK.
Mele Kyari reacts to Abba Kyari Death
May Allah forgive Mallam Abba Kyari and have mercy upon him. Was a truly good man, profoundly faithful and loyal to our country.
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