His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of staff Abba Kyari died lastnight April 17th 2020. These was announced by the Presidency, the Spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari on his official tweeter account.
Mr Abba Kyari tested positive for COVID-19 in March. Nigeria on friday 17th April has Fifty-one new cases of #COVID-19 reported by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) as at 10:10pm lastnight there are 493 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
With 159 discharged, 17-deaths, 32-in Lagos, 6-in Kano, 5-in Kwara, 2-in FCT, 2-in Oyo, 2-in Katsina, 1-in Ogun, 1-in Ekiti.
Mr Femi Adesina, the Spokesman of President Buhari Stated,
Chief Of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari Passes on. May God rest his soul. Amen. Funeral arrangements to be announced soon.
“The Presidency regrets to announce the death of our dear Chief of Staff Mr Abba Kyari to the President Of Nigeria His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari.
The deceased tested Positive to the pandemic Coronavirus Last month March and had been on immediate treatment but died lastnight friday April 17, 2020.
Mr Abba Kyari becomes the first high profile Nigerian to die of this novel Coronavirus. May his soul rest in peace.
By March, Mr Abba Kyari tested positive for Coronavirus while the President tested negative. Mr Abba was flown to Lagos in an Air Ambulance to receive futher treatment after isolation and testing Positive for COVID-19.
Mr Abba Kyari’s Letter
Kyari’s said in his letter that he made his personal care arrangements to avoid further burdening the public heath system, which faces so many pressures. His Letter reads;
“I am writing to let you know that on a medical advice, i will be transfered to Lagos later today for an additional tests and observation. This is a precautionary measure: I feel well, but lasat week, i tested positive for Coronavirus, the pandemic that is sweeping the world. I have followed all the protocols that government has announced to self-isolate and quarantine
“I have made my own care arrangements to avoid further burdening the public health system, which faces so many pressures. Like many others that will also test positive. I have not experienced high fever or other symptoms associated with this new virus and have been working from home.
I hope to be back at my desk very soon. I have a team of young, professional, knowledgeable and patriotic colleagues, whose dedication has been beyond the call of duty, who continue to work seven days a week, with no time of the day spared. We will continue to serve the President and people of Nigeria, as we have for the past 5-years.
“I want to thank all our fantastic, talented and brave healthcare professionals, working across the country in such a difficult time; all the good samaritans looking out for the most vulnerable in our communities; the key workers that will keep our country going through this; friends and family and often strangers who have sent me such warm wishes and displayed such a generous spirit.
“We should be calm, measured and diligent- be meticulous in your hygiene, especially with cleaning and washing your hands, if possible stay at home or maintain a social distance. Listen to advices from health directorates: Pay no heed to quack cures or fake news from social media or blogs. His Excellency, President Buhari will do whatever it takes to protect the health and safety of our people and get the country back on its feet as soon as possible.
” Like the whole world, we are dealing with a new disease. Our health experts are learning more all the time from different patients affected by COVID-19. What it does and how we can curtail it. We we do know is that while some may become very sick, many others who contracted the virus will not, and may be asymptomatic. This is a disease that recognises no difference between north and south, men or women, rich or poor. We are all in this together.
Below is the screenshot from Mr Femi’s official tweeter handle the spokesman of His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari;