Abba Kyari Bio – Wiki
Abba Kyari was the chief of staff to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who has died from coronavirus, a government spokesperson has confirmed. Kyari died on April 17.
He was 77 years old.
Cause of Death
President Buhari’s advisor Femi Adesina confirmed Kyari’s death in a tweet reading, “Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, passes on. May God rest his soul. Amen. Funeral arrangements to be announced soon.”
A different government spokesperson, Garba Shehu, further confirmed Kyari’s death saying, “The deceased had tested positive to the ravaging COVID-19 and had been receiving treatment. But he died on Friday, April 17, 2020. May God accept his soul. Funeral arrangements will be announced shortly.”
Reuters reports that Kyari, a native of the northeastern state of Borno in Nigeria, was “in his early 70s.” At the time of writing, Heavy has been unable to verify Kyari’s age.
Report Afrique reports that Kyari will be buried “immediately.”
On March 24, Sahara Reporters said that Kyari had tested positive for coronavirus following a trip to Egypt and Germany. That report said that Kyari had been “seriously down” since his return from the trip. Kyari was known to have numerous health issues including diabetes. In 2017, Kyari spent close to half a year in a London hospital.
Kyari had been President’s Buhari’s closest advisor since his appointment in August 2015. Prior to that, Kyari studied law in college and was involved in the finance industry becoming the CEO of the United Bank for Africa. Kyari also previously worked for commercial giants Unilever and Exxon. He was educated at the University of Cambridge, the University of Warwick and Harvard Law School.
Kyari acted as the gatekeeper to Buhari. He traveled to Germany in early March with a delegation of other Nigerian officials for meetings with the company, Siemens. He attended meetings with senior government officials upon his return to Nigeria.
Buhari himself has undisclosed medical ailments and spent five months in London for treatments in 2017.
When 82 released Chibok schoolgirls returned to the Nigerian capital following their kidnapping by Boko Haram, it was Kyari who was appointed to meet the victims in the Nigerian capital of Abuja.
Kyari said, via CNN, “Welcome our girls, welcome our sisters. We are very glad that you are back, and every Nigerian today must be forgetting every other hardship and suffering because this is a very joyous moment. Welcome, welcome, welcome.”