Nigeria has lost its first high profile citizen to the novel coronavirus. According to major reports, Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Buhari has passed on.
Kyari was diagnosed with the virus on March 24, 2020, after returning from a trip to Germany. According to the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the elder statesman died on Friday, April 17, 2020.
Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, passes on. May God rest his soul. Amen. Funeral arrangements to be announced soon.
— Femi Adesina (@FemAdesina) April 17, 2020
While the Presidency continues to mourn the demise of the Statesman, Nigerians seem to be having a field day with the news. Nigerians have taken to Twitter to gloat over the demise of the President’s right-hand man who suffered diabetes and asthma
Before his Kyari’s demise, the condition of his health status was plagued by a number of speculations, some leading to the fact that he had passed on nearly two weeks ago but that the government kept it under wraps. Kyari also reportedly died in a special facility in a highbrow area of Lagos as opposed to the designated disease control centre.
Before taking up the highly exalted position, the Borno born Statesman was Board of Director, Unilever and Exxon Mobil. He was also an executive director and later CEO of the United Bank of Africa. He had a Bachelors degree in Sociology (Warwick), an LLB LAW from Cambridge University.
See some Twitter reaction:
Abba Kyari lived longer than the life expectancy of the average Nigerian man. His death should be a celebration of life.
— Jamal (@JajaPhD) April 18, 2020
RIP Abba Kyari ,man laid down his life to make Nigeria better
He wasn’t the Minister of Power but still caught the virus while attending a conference on making electricity better for all of us, now we have 24 hours of uninterrupted power supply.
May his heaven be like Nigeria
— Dehkunle Of Africa💧 (@Dehkunle) April 18, 2020
Empathy CAN'T be FORCED! You can't bash Nigerians for not crying for Sinzu money AKA Abba Kyari. The same was done with Abacha.
If you want to cry then cry for our medical personnels who put their lives in the line for us even when they know that our health sector is rubbish.
— I R U N N I A ™ (@Irunnia2) April 18, 2020
Abba Kyari is dead. Such a legend in the movie industry. I love all his movies, including the last one that just got released 🙁 We have lost a great legend in the game 😩
— Tosin🇳🇬🙎🏾♂️ (@Ohloowatoscene) April 18, 2020
It’s sad to see people mock the demise of Abba Kyari, we ought to know that each soul will taste death one day.
But God, is it alphabetically?
— Azeez Olajide ❼ (@zeezish_) April 18, 2020
I insist that it’s not a time to gloat especially not in public. We lost a hero you know? Had it not been for Abba Kyari, the presidency wouldn’t have taken #Covid_19 seriously. Thank you sir for truly sacrificing your life for this nation. Rest in POWER pic.twitter.com/dT6O7XxHus
— Mamazeus Movie Reviews (@Mamazeus_) April 18, 2020