Coronavirus: Abba Kyari, dies age 81 as cases hit 493

The Chief of Staff to the president, Abba Kyari has died at age 81.He reportedly died of deadly coronavirus weeks after he tested positive.

This was revealed in a statement by the presidential spokesmen Garba Shehu,

”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.”

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, also wrote via his verified Twitter handle @FemAdesina, “Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, passes on. May God rest his soul. Amen. Funeral arrangements to be announced soon.”

Kyari was suspected to have contracted the novel coronavirus when he visited Germany in early March multiple sources said. The presidency did not deny or confirm the rumours at the time.

In his statement,The late Mr Kyari revealed that he would be transferred to Lagos from the Abuja for treatment and expressed the hope that he would recover and return to work soon.

At the time, Mr Kyari said he felt well and did not exhibit any signs of the disease, which has now infected 493 people in the country and claimed 17 lives, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

It was only after his death that Shehu confirmed that Kyari had died of coronavirus.

Until his death, he was NIgeria’s Chief of Staff to President Buhari, UBA’s CEO and an Executive Director, Unilever’s Board Director, Board Member of Exxon Mobil, Borno State Commissioner, AIB Secretary to the Board. He attended Harvard Business School.

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