Nigerian president’s chief of staff dies from coronavirus after medical personnel tried their best to keep him alife in a lagos hospital in his home country Nigeria, He has since been flown to abuja for burial
Abba Kyari was the top aide to President Buhari and one of the most powerful men in Nigeria often referred to as a major stakeholders in the country cabal; deaths on African continent have now passed 1,000
The Nigerian president’s chief of staff, Abba Kyari, has died after contracting Covid-19, two presidency spokesmen said on Twitter, as Covid-19 deaths on the continent pass 1,000.
Kyari, who was in his 70s and had underlying health problems, including diabetes, was the top official aide to 77-year-old President Muhammadu Buhari and one of the most powerful men in the Nigeria.
“The Presidency regrets to announce the passage of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari,” said presidency spokesman Garba Shehu in a tweet on Friday, using an honorific title for Kyari.
“The deceased had tested positive to the ravaging COVID-19, and had been receiving treatment. But he died on Friday, April 17, 2020,” he said in a second post on Twitter. Spokesman Femi Adesina also confirmed the death.
Kyari’s was the highest profile death due to the disease in the West African country, which has 493 confirmed cases and 17 deaths, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC.
Kyari acted as the gatekeeper to Buhari. He travelled to Germany in early March with a delegation of other Nigerian officials for meetings with the company, Siemens. He attended meetings with senior government officials upon his return to Nigeria.
Buhari himself has undisclosed medical ailments and spent five months in London for treatments in 2017.
The coronavirus has killed 1,000 people across Africa since the pandemic emerged late last year, and the continent has recorded nearly 17,000 infection, according to Johns Hopkins university data.
Africa has so far suffered less than other regions from COVID-19. But limited testing in many countries has deprived African officials of a full picture of the disease’s spread.
Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has also taken the time to commiserate with the borno state government and Nigeria in Particular to whom Kyari died serving, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan in his own world described the Late Kyari as an erudite leader, well respected and a seasoned administrator and loyal who served nigeria to the best of his ability.