“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,” a statement from spokesman Garba Shehu read in part.
Abba Kyari, had been diagnosed with coronavirus which he is believed to have contracted whiles on official duty in Germany. He was transferred from the capital Abuja to Lagos for medical care.
A Reuters report of March 24 described Kyari, who is in his 70s, as “an important figure in President Muhammadu Buh
ari’s government and his illness could have ramifications for the running of the country.
The remains of the late chief of staff Mallam Abba Kyari was brought to the capital Abuja from Lagos on Saturday morning for a private burial. Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu confirmed that the receipt of remains of the former Chief of Staff in Abuja via a tweet.
He said the process was: “In strict observation of the protocol put in place for the burial of Coronavirus victims by the NCDC and the Federal Ministry of Health, the funeral prayer and burial will be private.
“Thereafter,there will be no such ceremonies as condolence visits. Well meaning friends, family members and the general public are encouraged to pray for the repose of Abba Kyari’s soul,” he added in another tweet.