Shock and a stunned silence washed over the Nigerian political sphere as the news spread that Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari died from the deadly coronavirus on Saturday morning.
The country politicians likes of former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, Femi Fani-Kayode, Jonathan, Atiku, Lawan, Governors Sani Bello, El-Rufai, Bala Mohammed, Peter Obi, Sanwo-Olu, Buhari, VP Osinbajo and the political sphere was in mourning. Tributes poured in from all corners of the country, celebrating and remembering the Chief of Staff.
“I have lost a friend of 40 years. We were at Cambridge together. We worked in my fathers law firm together. We remained close throughout right up until the end even though we disagreed politically. Abba was a good man: a man of honor & a loyal friend. May his soul rest in peace,” Femi Fani-Kayode
“Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. I am saddened by the death of Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari. May Allah SWT comfort his family, forgive his sins and grant him AlJannah Firdaus. Ameen,” Atiku said.
Jonathan prayed that “Allah” strengthens his family and friends during this moment of grief.
Lawan said death is inevitable and it only comes at an appointed time while praying for God to comfort Kyari’s family.
Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari, described the departed CoS as a “truly good man, profoundly faithful and loyal to our country”.
Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, said he was “deeply saddened by the news” while expressing condolences to his family.
“This is absolutely shocking but “From God we came, & to Him we shall all return.” May the soul of Abba rest in perfect peace. May Allah Accept his martyrdom as he died in the service of PMB & Nigeria. May Allah give Aisha, her siblings & family the fortitude to bear the loss. NAE” – Nasir El-Rufai
“We are sad to hear about the death of the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari. May Allah SWT forgive his sins, comfort his family and grant him the highest place in Jannah. Ameen” – Bala Mohammed
“The Chairman, North-Central Governor’s Forum and Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello received, with shock, the death of Malam Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.” Alhaji Abubakar
“May God Almighty, who called home Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari grant him eternal rest and give his family and
@NGRPresident the fortitude to bear his loss. -PO” Peter Obi
“I condole with H.E @MBuhari , the Kyari family and all Nigerians on the passing of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari. I thank him for his service to Nigeria and to the Presidency.
Mallam Kyari was a dedicated, committed and patriotic citizen. He was a conscientious, cerebral and outstanding administrator whose life traversed the fields of law, journalism, banking and politics.
His death is a great loss.
May the Almighty grant his soul eternal rest.” – Sanwolu
“From God Almighty we came and to him we shall return)
I condole with Mrs. Kulu Abba Kyari and the entire family of Late Malam Abba Kyari over the death of their husband and father.
I pray that Allah (SWT) will forgive his shortcomings, grant him Al-Jannatul Firdausi and give the family the fortitude and patience to bear the loss, Ameen.
While wishing all those infected a speedy recovery and I pray for an end to Covid-19 Pandemic.” Aisha Buhari
“My sincere and heartfelt condolences go to the family of Mallam Abba Kyari, the late Chief of Staff to General Buhari, who has died at 81 from #CoronaVirus.
He was one of the more effective, active and loyal members of the kitchen cabinet. Whatever our differences, he loved Nigeria.
Death ends any quarrel or difference. We will all die one day, if Christ tarries. May God also grant General Buhari the fortitude to bear the heavy loss he has suffered. In Christ’s name I pray.” – Reno Omokri
“VP Osinbajo & his wife on Chief of Staff’s passing: “Dolapo & I express our sympathies to the President, Mrs Kulu Kyari, the children, & members of family on the passing of Mallam Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to the President. May the Lord comfort & be with you in Jesus name. Amen” – Osinbajo
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