Abba Kyari: Buhari's late chief of staff buried in Abuja
- The remains of President Buhari's chief of staff, Abba Kyari, have been buried in Abuja
- Kyari died on Friday, April 17, from COVID-19 complications
- The deceased was interred at the military cemetery in Abuja’s Gudu neighbourhood amidst tears from family members and supporters
President Muhammadu Buhari’s chief of staff, Abba Kyari, who died on Friday, April 17, of coronavirus, has been buried in Abuja.
Premium Times reports that Kyari was interred at exactly 11.20am at the military cemetery in Abuja’s Gudu neighbourhood amidst tears from family members and supporters.
The newspaper notes that the men who lowered the remains of Kyari were in full personal protective equipment as required by the ministry of health in the burial of COVID-19 victims.
Legit.ng recalls that Kyari died on Friday at a private hospital in Lagos, about four weeks after he was confirmed positive for COVID-19 after he returned from a trip in Germany.
Tributes have continued to pour in for the departed chief of staff from various prominent Nigerians including former president Olusegun Obasanjo and his former deputy, Atiku Abubakar.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Muslim burial prayers were said for the late chief of staff, Abba Kyari, at the Defence House, Maitama, Abuja.
The Nation had reported that the Defense House was Kyari's official abode before his demise.
The presidency had announced that the remains of Kyari who died from COVID-19 complications had arrived Abuja for burial.
A presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu, who made the disclosure, stated that the late chief of staff would be buried in strict observation of the protocol put in place for the burial of coronavirus victims by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Federal Ministry of Health.
The presidential aide noted that the funeral prayer and burial will be private.
He said in compliance with the existing social distancing directive there will be no ceremonies and condolence visits.
Shehu said well-meaning friends, family members and the general public are encouraged to pray for the repose of Abba Kyari’s soul.
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Meanwhile, Nigeria's former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has expressed condolence over the death of Kyari.
In his reaction, Atiku who was the presidential candidate of the lead opposition party, PDP, in 2019 said on Twitter: "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."
Also, the minister of state for labour and employment, Festus Keyamo, has reacted to Kyari's death. Keyamo disclosed on Twitter that he had a discussion with the deceased on Tuesday, March 24.
According to the minister, during the discussion, the late chief of staff told him that his health was fine and that he (Kyari) would faithfully take the treatments.
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