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Buhari former Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari laid to rest

Buhari former Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari laid to rest




The late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Abba Kyari, was laid to rest after funeral prayer at his residence at the Defence House in Abuja.

Kyari died in the late hours of Friday after battling with ailments aggravated by COVID-19 disease.

The funeral prayer was private in line with the protocol put in place for the burial of Coronavirus victims by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Federal Ministry of Health.

Senior Special Assistant to President on Media and Publicity Mr Garba Shehu said there would be no condolence visits to family of the late Chief of Staff.

Shehu, who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja, said this was in keeping with the protocol established by the NCDC.

“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. May Allah grant the family and nation the fortitude to bear the loss,” he said.

Abba Kyari tested positive for the Coronavirus on March 23, 2020, and was moved to a private hospital in Lagos for treatment.

On Sunday, March 29, 2020, the late Chief of Staff issued a public on his COVID-19 status thus: “I am writing to let you know that on medical advice, I will transfer to Lagos later today for additional tests and observation. This is a precautionary measure: I feel well, but last week, I tested positive for coronavirus, the pandemic that is sweeping the world. I have followed all the protocols government has announced to self-isolate and quarantine.

“I have made my own care arrangements to avoid further burdening the public health system, which faces so many pressures. Like many others that will test also positive, I have not experienced high fever or other symptoms associated with this new virus and have been working from home. I hope to be back at my desk very soon. I have a team of young, professional, knowledgeable and patriotic colleagues, whose dedication has been beyond the call of duty, who continue to work seven days a week, with no time of the day spared. We will continue to serve the President and people of Nigeria, as we have for the past five years.

“I want to thank all our fantastic, talented and brave healthcare professionals, working across the country in such a difficult time; all the good Samaritans looking out for the most vulnerable in our communities; the key workers that will keep our country going through this; friends and family and often strangers, who have sent me such warm wishes and displayed such a generosity of spirit.

“We should be calm, measured and diligent – be meticulous in your hygiene, especially with cleaning hands, if possible stay at home or keep your distance. Listen to good advice from the proper authorities: pay no heed to quack cures or fake news from social media. President Buhari will do whatever it takes to protect the health and safety of our people and get the country back on its feet as soon as possible.

“Like the whole world, we are dealing with a new disease. Our experts are learning more all the time about coronavirus, what it does and how we can combat it. What we do know is that while some may become very sick, many others who contract the virus will not, and may have no symptoms at all. This is a disease that recognises no difference between north and south, men or women, rich or poor. We are all in this together.”

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