Mallam Abba Kyari: President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, is dead. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, announced that Mallam Abba Kyari died on Friday from 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 deadly COVID-19, and had been receiving treatment. But he died on Friday, April 17, 2020.”Shehu said funeral arrangements for the deceased would be announced soon.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, also wrote via his verified Twitter handle @FemAdesina, “Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, passes on. May God rest his soul. Amen. Funeral arrangements to be announced soon.”
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.