The Personal Assistant on New Media to President Muhammadu Buhari, Basir Ahmad has described the late Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, as one of the most misunderstood people in the history of the country.
National Sportslink understands that Abba Kyari was announced dead 25 days after testing positive to the coronavirus. He was initially receiving treatment in Abuja before he was transferred to a private hospital in Lagos on March 29.
This news medium recalls that Kyari had in a March 29 statement, said his health was improving and urged Nigerians to remain calm about his situation and keep a hygienic lifestyle to avoid contracting the virus.
But on Friday night, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina confirmed Kyari had departed from complications inflicted by the virus.
“The Presidency regrets to announce the passage of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari. The deceased had tested positive for the ravaging COVID-19 and had been receiving treatment. But he died on Friday, April 17, 2020,” he said.
However, the late Chief of Staff to the President has been buried on Saturday in Gudu cemetery Abuja.
Ahmad in a post on his Twitter handle, described him as one of the most misunderstood people, adding that, “Mallam Abba Kyari will be buried later today in Abuja according to Islamic rites.”
He said, “Abba Kyari certainly was one of the most misunderstood people in the history of Nigeria. Those who had the opportunity to know him personally will tell you how extremely a good person he was.
“A man of honour, will be remembered as someone who sacrificed his life for this country.
“It was Mallam Abba Kyari’s turn last night, my time and your time will definitely come no matter how long it may take. And none of us will be here and healthy in the next 150 years.”
Meanwhile, former President Goodluck Jonathan, former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, and Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, have expressed shock to the passage of Abba Kyari.
In a separate tweet on Saturday morning, the three politicians paid tributes to the departed CoS.
Expressing his shock to the death of the CoS, Atiku tweeted, “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. I am saddened by the death of Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari. May Allah SWT comfort his family, forgive his sins and grant him AlJannah Firdaus. Ameen.”
Jonathan prayed that “Allah” strengthens his family and friends during this moment of grief.
Lawan said death is inevitable and it only comes at an appointed time while praying for God to comfort Kyari’s family.
Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari, described the departed CoS as a “truly good man, profoundly faithful and loyal to our country”.
Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, said he was “deeply saddened by the news” while expressing condolences to his family.