Mallam Abba Kyari, the chief of staff of the President Muhammadu Buhari is dead.
He died Friday of COVID-19. He was in his early seventies.
In a statement early Saturday the Presidency announced his death.
Media advisor Femi Adesina made the announcement of the obituary.
“The Presidency regrets announcing Mallam Abba Kyari, the death of Chief Staff’s to the President,” he said.
“The deceased tested the ravaging COVID-19 positively and sought treatment. Yet on Friday 17 April 2020 he died.
“May God embrace his soul. It will soon be announced funeral arrangements,” Adesina added.
It was believed that Kyari’s underlying medical problems exacerbated his battle with the disease. And so caused his death.
After returning from a trip to Germany last month he revealed the signs of the illness.
His positive test nearly shut down government operations.
Both the Federal Executive Council and Regional State Council meetings were indefinitely postponed.
This also led those in touch with him through a flurry of examinations.
Among these were president Buhari, vice president Yemi Osinbajo and government secretary Boss Mustapha.
Governors also took the COVID-19 tests.
Kyari later came out in the open to declare he had COVID-19. He was then hospitalised in a private hospital in Lagos. The presidency did not indicate where he was treated.
But some reports said he was hospitalised at First Cardiology Consultant (FCC), a private health facility located at Thompson Avenue in Ikoyi.
Abba Kyari is survived by four children.
He was a Kanuri from Borno, a lawyer and banker.
He was an alumnus of both the University of Warwick and University of Cambridge.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Warwick and a law degree in 1983 from
He was called to the Nigerian bar in 1984 after attending the Nigerian Law School.
He worked for the law firm Fani-Kayode and Sowemimo after law school.
From 1988 to 1990, he was Editor with the New Africa Holdings Limited Kaduna.
In 1990, he served as a Commissioner for Forestry and Animal Resources in Borno State.
From 1990 to 1995, Kyari was the secretary to the board of African International Bank Limited, a subsidiary of Bank of Credit and Commerce International.
He was also an executive director in charge of management services at the United Bank for Africa.
Later, he was appointed the chief executive officer of the bank.
In 2002, he was appointed a director of Unilever Nigeria. He also later served on the board of ExxonMobil Nigeria.