- Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has reacted to the demise of late Abba Kyari
- Oshiomhole in a tribute said President Muhammadu Buhari lost a dependable lieutenant and a close ideological disciple
- The APC chairman also recalled his first encounter with Kyari that took place at the Zamfara Textile in Kaduna back in 1973
Following the demise of Mallam Abba Kyari, President Muhammadu Buhari's chief of staff, the national chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole has released a statement.
According to The Nation, Oshiomhole on Sunday, April 19, said the Nigerian leader lost a close ideological disciple and a dependable lieutenant in his late chief of staff.
The APC chairman recalling the first time he had an encounter with Kyari back in 1973 said the president's former chief of staff fought for the downtrodden and conscientiously pursued the common good without seeking personal glory.
Oshiomhole who met Kyari during their days at the Zamfara Textile in Kaduna said: “We had found ourselves in opposing sides of the isle at Zamfara Textile in Kaduna. I was the leader of the workers union while he represented the management as Admin Officer.
“But in the many brushes the union had with the management, Abba Kyari showed a true character as a conscientious man, a true Nigerian patriot by never failing to side with workers on the core issues of human dignity and fairness."
The APC national chairman further said that Kyari was the voice at a management meeting who spoke against the operation of two classes of the canteen following their protest.
He added that the late chief of staff to the president saw social justice advocacy as a duty and never sought to be seen or worshipped as a “hero.”
“Indeed, those who knew him would never begrudge him; those who resented him had never the chance of truly knowing him,” he said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the presidency announced the death of the chief of staff to the president. The deceased had tested positive to COVID-19 and was receiving treatment in an unknown location.
But he died on Friday, April 17, according to a statement by the presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina. Kyari who is from Borno state is seen as the most influential personality in the presidency before his demise.
Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has commiserated with President Buhari over the death of his chief of staff. Bello in his condolence letter to the president, sympathised with him, the presidency and the people of Borno state over the sad loss.
Part of the letter read: “Mallam Kyari lived a good life of honesty, commitment to nation-building and service to God and humanity."
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