Coronavirus: Abba Kyari Dies at 67, Buried in Abuja

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SWITZERLAND, APRIL 18- The Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari has died from the Coronavirus disease(COVID-19). He was 81 years old. He was buried at the Gudu Cemetary, Abuja on Saturday, April 18, 2020 according to Islamic rites.

The president’s media adviser, Garba Shehu announced the sad news in the early hours of saturday.

The president’s media adviser, Garba Shehu announced the sad news in the early hours of saturday.

Shehu wrote:

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.

News that Abba Kyari had tested for the coronavirus reached the media on Tuesday, March 24.

Kyari was said to have possibly contracted the virus during a visit to Germany and Egypt for a meeting on the Nigerian Electricity Regulation Commission, whose executive chairman, Prof. James Momoh, was part of.

The CoS attended many meetings after his return from the trips last week.

Kyari was said to have started coughing during a meeting on Sunday at the Aso Rock Villa, fuelling speculation he could have the virus.

He was said to be recuperating in an undisclosed facility in Lagos, until his death was announced.

Abba Kyari was a successful businessman before emerging as the Chief of Staff. He is a former CEO of UBA, and has served on Unilever and Exxon Mobil board of directors. He is highly influential in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry.

Kyari’s death may destabilize the balance of power at the presidency. Regarded as highly powerful and wielding massive influence on the president, Kyari has been alleged to be the main person behind many decisions of the Buhari administration.

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