Abba Kyari: Former President Obasanjo and Governor Abiodun mourn Buhari’s Chief of Staff
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Governor Dapo Abiodun have commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari following the death of his Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari.
Kyari was confirmed dead on April 17 after battling with the coronavirus which he contracted during an official visit to Germany in March.
Chief Obasanjo urged President Buhari to take solace in Kyari’s loyalty to him and take the fight against Covid-19 very seriously.
“I received the news of the demise of Alhaji Abba Kyari, your Chief of Staff, over Friday night, with great sadness, as he lost the battle against the dreadful killer disease, COVID-19,” Obasanjo’s letter read, per Daily Post.
“Abba Kyari’s death must be painful to you and to his family and friends, but you can all take solace in the fact that he died in harness, in the service of his country.
“His death must be a solemn reminder to all of us that COVID-19 requires all hands on deck soberly, cooperatively, humanly, humanely, justly, equitably, fairly, consolidatedly and comprehensively to be able to fight it successfully and to get all Nigerians back to good health and healthy economy.
“God will give you and Abba Kyari’s family and friends the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. May Allah receive his soul.”
Meanwhile, Governor Abiodun described Kyari’s demise as ‘a national tragedy’ at a time when his diligence is needed more than ever.
“Mallam Kyari lived a simple life of dedicated service to Allah (SWT), humanity, and country, but he left us at a time we need his interdisciplinary diligence more than ever,” he said.
“He died from complications arising from COVID-19, which he contracted in Germany while on official assignment. So this is indeed a national tragedy that has brought upon us, the loss of a devout Muslim whose every action was underlined by loyalty, charisma, intellect and commitment.”
“May Allah (SWT) forgive his sins, and grant him eternal peace in Aljanah Firdaus, as he gives his family and indeed Nigeria, the fortitude to bear this tragic loss.”