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Abba Kyari dies, succumbs to ‘ravaging Covid-19’ – Presidency announces

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Abba Kyari, the beloved Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari is dead, the presidency announced early Saturday.

A statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina said the top presidential aide died in Lagos after earlier testing positive to the ravaging Coronavirus.

“The deceased had tested positive to the ravaging COVID-19, and had been receiving treatment. But he died on Friday, April 17, 2020,” Adesina said.

Adesina said “funeral arrangements will be announced shortly.”

A power broker in the politics of the Presidential Villa under President Buhari, Kyari was always seen as the defacto Vice President wielding power on behalf of a cabal led by Mamman Daura, Isa Funtua and Babagana Kingibe.

Before his foray into politics, Kyari was an executive director in charge of management services at the United Bank for Africa, and was later appointed the chief executive officer.

In 2002, he was appointed a board director of Unilever Nigeria, and later served on the board of Exxon Mobil Nigeria.

Read the full statement below:

STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE

CHIEF OF STAFF TO PRESIDENT, ABBA KYARI, PASSES ON

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.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
April 18, 2020

Late Abba Kyari with President Muhammadu Buhari in a file photo.
Late Abba Kyari with President Muhammadu Buhari in a file photo.

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