Abba Kyari: Atiku reacts to the death of Buhari's chief of staff

Nigeria's former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has expressed condolence over the death of Abba Kyari, President Muhammadu Buhari's chief of staff.

The presidency had announced Kyari's death in the early hours of Saturday, April 18. The deceased had tested positive to the ravaging COVID-19 and had been receiving treatment an unknown location. He, however, died on Friday, April 17, according to a statement by the presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina.

In a related development, the minister of state for labour and employment, Festus Keyamo, has also reacted to Kyari's death. Keyamo disclosed on Twitter that he had a discussion with the deceased on Tuesday, March 24.

According to the minister, during the discussion, the late chief of staff told him that his health was fine and that he (Kyari) would faithfully take the treatments. Many Nigerians are also reacting to Kyari's death on social media.

Kyari who is from Borno state is seen as the most influential personality in the presidency before his demise. There had been rumours that the president's right-hand man was receiving treatment somewhere in Lagos.

When asked recently, the Lagos state commissioner for health, Akin Abayomi, said Kyari was recuperating and seemed well and happy.

The commissioner stated this on Tuesday, March 31 while fielding questions from journalists at a press briefing. 

His words: “I’m not aware of the chief of staff’s itinerary, so I don’t know where he is. We exchange messages on WhatsApp but from WhatsApp, you can’t tell where somebody is. “We are exchanging information but I haven’t asked him for his location.

He seems well and happy and we are exchanging information on strategic issues and it’s been a long time we’ve talked about his health so I presume he’s made a full recovery.”

He had gone to Germany alongside the minister of power for a meeting with Siemens directors, where it is suspected he contracted the disease.

Three of his personal staff also tested positive for coronavirus and are currently receiving treatment.

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