- Many prominent people including a top UN official and a governor have sent a condolence message to President Muhammadu Buhari
- Eulogizing the chief of staff, Kyari was described by Abia governor as a man of very solid character and an extra-ordinary administrator
- Kyari died in the early hours of Saturday, April 18, after testing positive to the ravaging COVID-19
Condolence messages continue to pour in to mourn the passing of Mallam Abba Kyari, the chief of staff to Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari.
Legit.ng gathered that prominent people including a UN official commiserated with the president in letters of condolence shared on the Aso Villa Facebook page on Monday, April 20, by Femi Adesina, Buhari's special adviser on media and publicity.
The resident and humanitarian coordinator, United Nations System in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, expressed condolences to the Nigerian leader on the demise of his chief of staff.
The top UN official in a message of condolence to Buhari said: "Malam Abba Kyari's dedication, patriotism, and service to your presidency and to Nigeria stood him out as a trustworthy aide and confidant. These qualities he exhibited to his last days, and I join you in taking solace in the fact that he passed away in the full service to this great nation."
Abia state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu on his part described Kyari as "a man of very solid character, extra-ordinary administrator cum corporate executive, a politician par excellence, who stood firmly for what he believed in."
Ikpeazu further said the death of the chief of staff showed the severity of the coronavirus pandemic.
In the same vein, Dr. Uche Diala, the lead administrator of Buharists HangOut (BHO), noted that Kyari’s death was a clarion call for every Nigerian to cooperate and observe all preventive measures against the disease.
Diala said in a statement commiserating with the president, the family and the government and people of Borno state prayed for Kyari's soul to rest in peace.
Similarly, Prof Tunde Adediran, the national chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), also penned a tribute to Kyari in a condolence message to the president.
He said: "The death of Malam Abba Kyari on active national service is a devastating blow to our dear country and undeniably a huge personal loss to you (President Buhari)."
Others who condoled with the president on the demise of his chief of staff include Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, former minister of budget and national planning, and Oscar Onyema, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nigerian Stock Exchange.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the presidency announced Kyari's death in the early hours of Saturday, April 18. The deceased had tested positive to the ravaging COVID-19 and had been receiving treatment an unknown location.
He, however, died on Friday, April 17, according to a statement by Adesina.
Similarly, Nigeria's former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, expressed condolence over the death of President Buhari's chief of staff.
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."
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