Chief Of Staff To President Buhari Dies Of COVID-19
The Chief of Staff to the President Abba Kyari died weeks after he tested positive to the coronavirus.
His death was announced by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a Tweet early Saturday.
Spokesperson to the president, Garba Shehu also made the announcement on his Twitter handle.
“The Presidency regrets to announce the passage 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. But he died on Friday, April 17, 2020”
The News that Mr Kyari had tested positive for COVID-19 first broke on March 24, about 10 days after he returned from a trip to Germany during which he met with officials of Siemens in Munich on Nigeria’s electricity expansion programme.
Mr Kyari confirmed the news in a statement on March 29. In his statement, Mr Kyari revealed that he would be transferred to Lagos from the FCT for treatment and expressed the hope that he would recover and return to work soon.
Appointed Chief of Staff in August 2015, Mr Kyari was one of President Buhari's closest allies. He was considered to be one of the most influential and powerful members of the Buhari administration.