Nigeria’s Chief of Staff to the President, Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, has died due to complications from Coronavirus.
The news was made known by presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, via a tweet by 1am on Saturday.
Mr Kyari died while receiving treatment at a private hospital in Lagos.
The tweet reads:
“Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, passes on. May God rest his soul. Amen. Funeral arrangements to be announced soon,” Mr Adesina wrote.
Mr Adesina later released a statement, saying,
“The Presidency regrets to announce the passage of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari. The deceased had tested positive to the ravaging COVID-19, and had been receiving treatment. But he died on Friday, April 17, 2020. May God accept his soul. Funeral arrangements will be announced shortly.”
Mr Kyari had on March 23 tested positive to the novel coronavirus. On March 29, Mr Kyari issued a statement on his decision to move to Lagos for “further test and observation.”
The statement was the first official confirmation of his COVID-19 status since he was confirmed positive six days earlier.
In his statement, he said;
“I have made my own care arrangements to avoid further burdening the public health system, which faces so many pressures.”
“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 protocols the government has announced to self-isolate and quarantine,” he had said.
Recall, investigative journalist Kemi Olunloy had announced that a major staff of Aso rock had died of the disease but that she wouldn’t announce it until the presidency did so themselves.