Abba Kyari: Presidency bars Ministers, Others From Presidential Villa

The presidency has reportedly barred those who attended the burial of the late Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari from entering the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.

It explained why it directed ministers and journalists that attended the burial of the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, to stay away from the Aso Rock Villa.

Garba Shehu, Presidency
Garba Shehu

Those who attended the burial in Abuja on Saturday included National Coordinator COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu ; former Governor of Borno State, Senator Kashim Shettima; and Minister of Aviation , Hadi Sirika. Others are the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari; Minister of Communications, Isa Pantami and Garba Shehu.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity ,Garba Shehu  in a series of tweets, said , “This ( the directive ) is in line with the standard rules put in place by the National Center for Disease Control and the Federal Ministry of Health . You do these things to stop the spread of # Coronavirus.

“For the most part, the Villa has operated digitally in the last few weeks, so there is really nothing new to this.“

Abba Kyari, a Cambridge University trained lawyer passed away on Friday April 17, after battling with the dreaded Coronavirus.

Mr Kyari has since been buried according to Islamic injunction.

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