On November 25, 2018, Nigeria lost Abba Kyari, former military governor of North Central State. Let’s take some time to remember this great Nigerian, who served his country the best way he could.
The death of Abba Kyari
A few days ago, somber news came from the family of Abba Kyari. Abubakar Kiyari, his eldest son, came out to announce the passing of his father on November 25, 2018. After suffering from a brief illness, Mr. Kyari died in Abuja at the age of 80.
Yesterday, November 26, a funeral prayer was held in Abuja at the National Mosque, and Kyari was buried at the Gudu cemetery in accordance with Islamic rites.
The funeral was attended by many high-ranking officials, including the other Abba Kyari, who is President Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Sulaiman Adamu (Minister of Water Resources), Governors Nasir el-Rufai and Kashim Shettima, Senator Danjuma Goje, retired General Abdurahman Danbazau, retired Admiral Murtala Nyako and Colonel Mailmalari.
Several people sent their condolences to the family, including President Buhari, Bukola Saraki and Nasir el-Rufai. They all described him as a fine officer, a gift of his generation and a patriot. Abba Kyari will indeed be missed by many.
Biography of Abba Kyari in brief
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On this somber occasion, it is important not to forget his legacy, so let’s talk about his life in this short Abba Kyari profile.
Late Abba Kyari was born on November 17, 1938 in Dewa, a town in the border between Niger and Nigeria. He went to Borno Middle School and then later to Barewa College in Zaria.
When he was 20, he enlisted in the army as Officer Cadet and attended the 12th Regular Officers’ Training School in Teshia, Ghana from March to September, 1959. He later moved on to the Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershot England, where he spent 7 months until March 1960.
After that, Kyari returned to Nigeria, where he was appointed to different posts in the army, some of them being Platoon Commander, Commanding Officer 5th Battalion, Second-in-Command of the Transport Offices in the 1 Brigade Transport Company, and Commander of 1 Brigade, Commander in the Nigerian Army Artillery.
When the northern areas of Nigeria experienced the outbreak of violence against Igbo people in 1966, Abba assisted the southern soldiers who were escaping from Kaduna.
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After his career in the military , Kyari held several high-ranking positions in business. He was a member of board of directors of Standard Alliance Insurance, Merchant Bank of Commerce and First Bank of Nigeria. He also held the post of Chairman at Alif Engineering and Construction and Gamah Flour Mills before retiring to live in his home in Maiduguri, Borno State.cated for return to civilian rule.
After his career in the military ended Kyari held several high-ranking positions in business. He was a member of board of directors of Standard Alliance Insurance, Merchant Bank of Commerce and First Bank of Nigeria. He also held the post of Chairman at Alif Engineering and Construction and Gamah Flour Mills before retiring to live in his home in Maiduguri, Borno State.
Abba Kyari biography would not be complete without a mention that he was also a devoted and loving family man. Kyari is survived by his nine children and numerous great- and grandchildren. He was also known to be a father of several adopted children.
It is always incredibly sad to see great men go, but Abba Kyari has led a good life, and he will not be forgotten. We want to extend our condolences to his loved ones, and may he rest in peace.
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