No Nigerian Chief of Staff in recent memory wielded as much power and influence as Abba Kyari, President Muhammadu Buhari’s late Chief of Staff, whose death from coronavirus was announced by the presidency, early Saturday.
“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. May God accept his soul. Funeral arrangements will be announced shortly,” Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, announced on April 18, 2020.
Kyari was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) on March 24, 2020, after a trip to Germany to broker a power deal; and was transported in an air ambulance to Lagos for treatment on March 30.
He had failed to self-isolate and took part in high-profile meetings with the president and other top government officials before his result returned positive.