- Garba Shehu said President Buhari has accepted the death of Abba Kyari, his chief of staff, as the will of God
- The presidential aide noted that Buhari's relationship with Kyari spanned over 40 years
- Shehu said the deceased chief of staff gave 100% loyalty to President Buhari and was about the only one person who understood Buhari’s view on virtually every issue
Presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu has revealed how President Muhammadu Buhari reacted to the death of his chief of staff, Abba Kyari, who died from COVID-19.
Shehu who is Buhari's senior special assistant on media and publicity told newsmen that the president has accepted Kyari's death as an inevitable will of God.
The Nation reports that Shehu said President Buhari being a religious person accepted the painful death as the will of God.
“These are not things that we have a choice in, it’s providence, it’s God who says who goes and who stays. The President, obviously a deeply religious person, takes it that it cannot be helped, at the end of the day, all of us will also go that way,” Shehu was quoted to have said.
The presidential aide noted that President Buhari had a close relationship with Kyari for over 40 years and described him as a key figure in the current administration.
Shehu added that the deceased chief of staff gave 100% loyalty to President Buhari and was about the only one person who understood President Buhari’s view on virtually every issue.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Kyari, who died on Friday, April 17, of coronavirus, had been buried in Abuja.
The late chief of staff was interred at exactly 11.20am at the military cemetery in Abuja’s Gudu neighbourhood amidst tears from family members and supporters.
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.
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.
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