The Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mallam Abba Kyari, is dead. He died on Friday , 17th April, 2020 at age 81.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, wrote via his verified Twitter handle @FemiAdesina, “Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, passes on. May God rest his soul. Amen. Funeral arrangements to be announced soon.”
In his announcement, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said the deceased died of COVID-19.
Announcing Kyari’s death via his verified Twitter handle, @GarShehu, 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.”
Kyari had tested positive for the coronavirus in March after a trip to Germany and Egypt.
Doctors attending to the late Chief of Staff had obtained his medical records from Wellington Hospital, St John’s Wood, London, which showed that he (Kyari) had some other ailments that could hamper his rate of recovery from COVID-19.
The Wellington Hospital, which is located in North London, is the largest independent hospital in the United Kingdom.
Kyari, in a statement late March 2020 announced that he was moving to Lagos based on medical advice as a precautionary measure to facilitate his treatment.
He further stated that he made his personal care arrangements to avoid further burdening the public health system, which faces so much pressure.
However, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, refused to disclose where Kyari was receiving treatment.
The Commissioner for Health in Lagos State, Prof. Akin Abayomi, later said he did not know Kyari’s location thereby sparking reports that the President’s aide was not in any isolation centre.
Responding to a question during a recent Presidential task force briefing in Abuja, the health minister said Kyari’s location was not important, adding that the President’s chief of staff had a right to privacy.
Reacting to the news, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, described the death as shocking.
He said he had prayed for the recovery of the late chief of staff, adding that he was shocked to hear about his death.
He said, “This is shocking. I’m sad to hear this bad news. Why now? I wish to console with the President, members of his cabinet, the family members of Kyari and all his associates.
From the statement from the State house, funeral arrangement of the deceased Chief of Staff will be announced later.