Abba Kyari: Obasanjo consoles Buhari over death of his chief of staff
- A former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari over the death of his chief of staff, Abba Kyari
- Obasanjo said he received the news of the demise of Abba Kyari with great sadness
- The former president said Kyari's death must be painful for President Buhari, his family, and friends
Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari over the death of his chief of staff, Abba Kyari.
Obasanjo in a statement obtained by Legit.ng, said he received the news of the demise of Abba Kyari with great sadness
The elder statesman said Kyari's death must be painful for President Buhari, his family, and friends.
He, however, asked the president to take solaces in the fact that his chief of staff died in the service to the country.
The former president stated that the death of politician from complications of COVID-19 has re-enforced the reminder that the disease requires all hands to fight it successfully and to get all Nigerians back to good health and a healthy economy.
Obasanjo prayed for God to give Buhari and Abba Kyari's family and friends the fortitude to bear the loss.
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Legit.ng had earlier reported the presidency had announced the death 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 an unknown location.
But he died on Friday, April 17, according to a statement by the presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina.
Adesina went on to say funeral arrangements will be announced shortly. Kyari who is from Borno state is seen as the most influential personality in the presidency before his demise.
Meanwhile, the minister of state for labour and employment, Festus Keyamo, is one of the first Nigerians that reacted to the death of Abba Kyari, the chief of staff to the president.
Keyamo disclosed on Twitter that he had a discussion with Mallam Abba Kyari on Tuesday, March 24, before the death of the politician.
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.
Keyamo who expressed his condolences to the Kyari family over the death of the chief of staff said God always knows best.
In another news, the Nigeria Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID), has so far realsied about N25.8 billion to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
The update of the contribution as at April 17, was made known in a document released by Isaac Okorafor, the Director, Communications of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on behalf of the coalition in Abuja on Friday.
The document containing the list of contributors showed that the donations were made by institutions and individuals across the country.
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