Nigeria has lost a powerful man! Mallam Abba Kyari reportedly died on Friday, April the 17th from coronavirus. The 81-year-old Chief of Staff to the President of Nigeria, Muhamadu Buhari had in March went into self-isolation after testing positive for the Virus. The news of his death comes after a prolonged silence over his whereabouts since contracting the disease. Sadly, he was laid to rest on Saturday, April the 18th, at noon.
Before we dive Deep, Let’s look into 5 Reasons Why Abba Kyari’s Death is a Big Deal In Nigeria!
Abba Kyari was Chief of Staff of the President from 2015 until he passed on in 2020.
Abby is regarded as a key member of the kitchen cabinet of President Buhari’s office who makes all the important decisions, and that makes him a significant figure.
According to the President’s wife, He is one of the two most influential persons in the president circle controlling the President. Aisha Buhari also claims the President’s uncle Mamman Daura is the other powerful figure.
Mallam Abba Kyari’s is the gatekeeper to the President and speaks to him regularly if not hourly. Anyone who wished to see or talk to the President had to go through him.
His death is a massive loss to President Buhari who trusted and relied on Kyari’s ideas and advice in other to make crucial and pertinent decisions in government.
Not much is known about Malla Abba Kyari’s early life. He was born in Borno state in 1938 and is of Kanuri descent. He had his early education in Nigeria, before moving to England where he studied at the University of Warwick and received a bachelor’s degree in law from Cambridge in 1984. According to the Information by Council on Foreign Relations, he had generally been in poor health most of his life.
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