President Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari dies of Covid-19, laid to rest in Abuja

The Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mallam Abba Kyari, on 17th April 2020, succumbed to the Coronavirus disease at an undisclosed Lagos hospital.

The remains of the late Chief of Staff have since been flown back to Abuja and laid to rest at the Gudu Cemetery around 11:20 am (local time) in the presence of senior government officials.

Kyari tested positive to Covid-19 on March 23 and was moved to Lagos for “further tests and observation”, according a statement he issued on March 29.

The late Chief of Staff had travelled to Germany on March 7 in company of Saleh Mamman, Nigeria’s Minister of Power and returned to the country on March 14. His travel history suggested that he might have caught the virus while in Germany.

The duo embarked on the trip to meet with officials of Siemens AG, in furtherance of the deal recently signed between the Nigerian government and the energy company, aimed at improving electricity supply in the country.

In his funeral oration, Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, described Kyari as the pillar of Buhari’s administration.

Kyari was first appointed Chief of Staff in 2015, when General Buhari (Rtd.) won elections to the Nigerian presidency. He was later re-appointed when Buhari won a second term in 2019.