Abba Kyari is dead

Abba Kyari: dies
Abba Kyari: dies

By Abankula

Mallam Abba Kyari, President Muhammadu Buhari’s chief of staff is dead.

He died of COVID-19 on Friday. He was 67.

The Presidency confirmed his death in a statement early Saturday.

Media adviser, Femi Adesina made the obituary announcement.

“The Presidency regrets to announce the passage of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari”, he said.

President Buhari and 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”, Adesina added.

Kyari’s underlying medical conditions was believed to have complicated his battle with the disease. And thus caused his death.

He showed the symptoms of the disease after he returned from a trip to Germany last month.

His positive testing almost shut down the business of government.

Both the Federal Executive Council and National Council of State Meetings were postponed indefinitely.

It also led to a flurry of tests by people who had been in contact with him.

Among these were President Buhari, VP Yemi Osinbajo and Secretary to government, 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.


  1. Good night sir. FG are you sure he died of corona virus? Cos the problem in Nigeria now is that every death this time is corona virus. Even the Doctor that died of Asthma in Lagos state is Corona.

  2. Rest in peace Abba Kiyari.You have given your best to Nigerians.You served till the last minute.

  3. I have always disagreed and have consistently come hard on the federal government with sharp criticisms because I honestly believe they are clueless, underperforming, ineffective, inefficient and prejudiced.

    But at this moment, the level of exposure, tolerance and humanity in me made me understand that it’s tantamount to foolishness for the living to rejoice over the dead for you do not know how bizarre or pathetic your own exit will be.

    It is wisdom to keep silent if you will not say a prayer for the departed.

    Going forward, I call on the federal government to be humane and more people oriented and think deeply with precision, tact, vision and purpose, the obnoxious fire outbreaks at government buildings lately are as saddening and soul wrenching as they are underwhelming.

    Without any iota of ambiguities, it doesn’t portend well to federal government’s anti corruption gimmick and posturing.

    Efforts must be put in top gear to build and equipped hospitals to international standards across the length and breadth of the geopolitical zones.

    Millions of Nigerians have gone needlessly. It doesn’t take zillions to build standard hospitals, I suggest that the federal government should perhaps over look the proposed renovation of national assembly with 37 billion naira. 37 billion is a lot of money, if utilized conscientiously, it will conveniently build and equipped 39 hospitals of international standards, that’s 6 for every geopolitical zones and 3 for Abuja for a combined total of 39 hospitals.

    The Presidency, should think about this, we are talking about 37 billions, not 37 millions. Who renovates it’s national assembly with 37 billion naira every year for crying out loud.

    What a situation. i take a stroll.

    • Hank you Jasper. I really wish and prayed that this your sincere piece of advice will be utilized as it will seriously improved the situation on ground. Thanks

    • Speak louder my brother, it’s so bad and sad for somethings happening in this country. May God help us.

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