Abba Kyari, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff died on Friday after battling withCoronavirus.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, confirmed this in a statement on Saturday.
Abba Kyari, a Kanuri from Borno, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Warwick, in 1980 and also received a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Cambridge.
In 1983, he was called to the Nigerian Bar after attending the Nigerian Law School.
Kyari worked for the law firm Fani-Kayode and Sowemimo for some time after his return to Nigeria.
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.
Kyari was an executive director in charge of management services at the United Bank for Africa, and was later appointed the chief executive officer.
In 2002, he was appointed a board director of Unilever Nigeria, and later served on the board of Exxon Mobil Nigeria.
In August 2015, Kyari was appointed Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari and was reappointed in 2019.
Social Comments on his Death
Some reactions to Abba Kyari’s death are unfortunate. The death of such a compassionate, visionary & impactful leader who led reforms that has improved average Nigerians’ lives is a huge loss to us. A fmr CEO of UBA & Director at Mobil – an astute professional & politician. RIP
You can say whatever you like, but Nigeria’s approach to governance was greatly transformed under Abba Kyari’s watch. Every Nigerian felt the impact of the government as soon as he was told to take over. He will be sorely missed.
– Ayo Bankole
His reforms especially in the health sector is what has prevented covid19 from getting to Nigeria. He had taken long strides to see that all public hospitals in Nigeria are world class. Kyari is the best thing to have happened to Nigeria
Abba Kyari was not elected. He was selected by @MBuhari to serve him. He did a good job serving Buhari. Take your anger out on Buhari. He is the one you elected. Allow Kyari to RIP. If you have a friend as loyal as Abba Kyari, God has blessed you!
– Reno Omokiri
The same Abba Kyari that supplied motors to 36 states in his garage to help mobility, the same good man that gave 70% of his salary to improve power supply & also help the motherless babies homes in 2021. Nigerians are quick to forget good things, we ingrates. Rest in Peace chief
In years to come students of history will find late Malam Abba Kyari interesting.The power, the influence, the intrigues, the mystery and controversy surrounding this COS to the Nigerian President will keep historians busy for many years. My condolences to his family & Nigerians.
– Saleh Shehu Ahmed (ASHAKA)
I condole with H.E @MBuhari, the Kyari family & all sympathisers on the demise of Mallam Abba Kyari who until his death was the Chief of Staff to the President of Nigeria.
May Allah grant him Al Jannah Firdaus & strengthen his family & friends during this moment of grief.
– Goodluck E. Jonathan
Imagine how happy we were when ‘Anini’ was killed also imagine how sad Nigerians were when Yar adua died.
See, you can’t force this thing, people will remember you with what you have done and how you affected their lives.
Rip Abba kyariBroken heart
Deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Abba Kyari. My thoughts are with his family.He became a friend & was an inspiration with his passionate approach to development of Nigeria in general and the north in particular. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
– Amb Ketil Karlsen (EU in Nigeria Flag of European Union)
Inna lillahi wa inna illaihi Rajiun. I am greatly saddened by the loss of a great patriot and mentor, Abba Kyari. His contributions to the progress of our country, mostly away from public view, are truly beyond measure. May his gentle soul Rest in Jannah. Ameen
– Sadiya Umar Farouq
My heartfelt condolences to family of Late Mallam Abba Kyari, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Government and people of Borno State over the passage of the deceased.
– Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan
Hon Justice WSN Onnoghen, CJN (as he then was) was “convicted” by the CCT and removed 4rm Office on 18 APRIL 2019. Aliyu Umar, SAN lead prosecutor for the FG and Abba Kyari Chief of Staff to the President who “suspended” him both died on 17 APRIL 2020. Make of that what you will
We are sad to hear about the death of the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari. May Allah SWT forgive his sins, comfort his family and grant him the highest place in Jannah. Ameen.
– Senator Bala A. Mohammed
My thoughts and prayers are with Mallam Abba Kyari’s family at this trying time. I also extend my condolences to @MBuhari for this loss.While we all grieve,let’s pray that God will grant the late CoS and other Nigerians that died as a result of this pandemic a good resting place.
– Femi Gbajabiamila
Below are some of the pictures of Abba while serving as Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.