Mr Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari has died of COVID-19 complications, the Nigerian Presidency disclosed on Friday.
Kyari is said to have died more than two weeks ago.
The information was disclosed via Twitter by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina
Adesina tweeted “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
A statement via Facebook, Adesina tweeted “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.”
Another spokesman to the President, Garba Shehu also tweeted the development.
Shehu said Kyari died on Friday. May God accept his soul.
Funeral arrangements will be announced shortly.
— Garba Shehu (@GarShehu) April 17, 2020.
NAIJA CENTER had reported that Kyari tested positive for COVID-19 on March 24.
The late Chief of staff had visited Germany 10 days before where he met with officials of Siemens in Munich on Nigeria’s electricity expansion programme.
Mr Kyari came out to the public on March 29 about his symptoms, the same day Buhari made a nationwide broadcast on the pandemic and announced a two-week lockdown in Ogun, Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Kyari disclosed in the statement that he would be transferred to Lagos for further treatment and even claimed he was recovering quickly.
The Chief of Staff was the most powerful cabal in the Presidency, President Buhari’s closest ally.
He was appointed the Chief of Staff in August 2015 and became one of the most powerful members of his cabinet.
Before politics, Kyari was a lawyer and also spent many years as a banker where he rose to the Chief Executive Officer of the United Bank for Africa (UBA).