Abiodun, Others Mourn As Abba Kyari Is Buried - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Saturday, April 18, 2020

Abiodun, Others Mourn As Abba Kyari Is Buried

The remains of President Muhammadu Buhari's Chief Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, was interred today, Saturday,  after it was first received in Abuja, in strict observation of the protocol put in place for the burial of Coronavirus victims by the NCDC and the Federal Ministry of Health.

The funeral prayer and burial were private. There would also be no condolence visits after.

Meanwhile, Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has mourned Mallam Abba Kyari, expressing shock over his  death on Friday and  described it as a national tragedy.

 Abiodun said  Mallam Abba Kyari was a good leader and devout Muslim who sacrificed so much in the service of Nigeria.

“This is a national tragedy. Mallam Kyari died in the service of fatherland. The Chief of Staff was said to have contracted the virus while on an official assisgnment in Germany. He was confirmed positive to COVID-19 on March 23 and died of complications arising from the virus. So sad," Governor Abiodun said in a statement he personally signed on Saturday morning.

 “We are extremely saddened by the news of Mallam Abba Kyari’s passing away. He was a detribalised Nigerian, consumate technocrat, gentleman and leading member of President Muhammadu Buhari’s team, for whom we had a lot respect," he said.

The Governor recalled that Abba Kyari carried out his duties with a lot of charisma and high intellectual disposition, which earned the office of Chief of Staff a lot of dignity and respect.

He added that "the dreaded virus, COVID-I9 claimed its biggest victim, our respected friend and an influential figure within the Buhari administration, Mallam Abba Kyari," a Cambridge University-trained technocrat.

" I remember the late Abba Kyari as a great democrat, a thoroughbred administrator, a good party man, a diligent networker and servant leader, whose service orientation could have helped Nigeria to tame the dreaded COVID-19. 

"He would have helped in finding solutions to this pandemic. Indeed, Kyari’s passing is a major blow not only to the Buhari presidency but to all of us serving Nigeria at this critical period in our history. It leaves a gaping hole in the administration," Abiodun said.

The governor who  condoled with the President, family, friends and associates of the deceased over the painful loss, also prayed for the repose of the soul of Kyari  saying: “May the Almighty Allah (SWT) forgive him his sins and be merciful to him. May He (SWT) compensate him with peace in al-Jannah Firdaus.”

The Time And Life Of Abba Kyari

Mallam Abba Kyari OON was a Nigerian politician who served as Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.

                  Early life and education

A Kanuri from Borno , not much is known about his early life. 

In 1980 Abba Kyari obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Warwick, England, He also obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law from the University of Cambridge, England and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1983. In 1984, he  proceeded to obtain a Masters’ Degree in Law from his alma-mater, the University of Cambridge.

Between 1988 and 1990, he was Editor with the New Africa Holdings Limited Kaduna, (Publishers of Democrat Newspapers). He served with the Borno State Executive Council as Commissioner for Forestry and Animal Resources.

In 1990 he was Secretary to the Board of African International Bank Limited, between 1990 and 1995.

He attended the International Institute for Management Development at Lausanne, Switzerland, and participated in the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School, in 1992 and 1994 respectively.

Abba Kyari was Executive Director, Management Services, United Bank for Africa Plc. (UBA) and later the Managing Director and Chief Executive of the Bank. He was appointed a Director of Unilever Nigeria Plc. in 2002 and later served on the Board of Exxon Mobil Nigeria.

He served as Honorary Member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Investment in Nigeria between 2000 and 2005. 


Kyari was married to the sister-in-law of Ibrahim Tahir, and had four children. 

On 24th of March 2020, Abba Kyari tested positive to Covid-19 after he returned from an official trip in Germany.

Mr Kyari had travelled to Germany on March 7 to meet with officials of Siemens AG in pursuit of the deal recently signed between the Nigerian government and the energy company and returned about a week later. He is suspected to have contracted the disease while there. 

The Chief of Staff, was in Europe alongside the Power Minister, Saleh Mamman, returned to the country on March 14.

Mr Kyari’s death is believed to be among the four new deaths announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) late on Friday.

The NCDC said Nigeria’s death toll increased to 17 on Friday from 13 on Thursday.

Nigeria has 493 confirmed cases of COVID-19 including the 17 deaths while 157 people have recovered and have been discharged.

Mr Kyari was first appointed Chief of Staff to the President in 2015 when Mr Buhari came to power. He was reappointed last year after his principal won reelection.


On March 24, 2020, it was made public that Kyari tested positive for COVID-19 on March 23, following an official trip to Germany nine days before.

              Professional career

Kyari worked for the law firm Fani-Kayode and Sowemimo for some time after his return to Nigeria.[

                    Political career

In August 2015, Kyari was appointed Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.

                      Power politics

Kyari was an influential figure within the Buhari administration.  During the administration's first term, he worked mainly behind the scenes to implement the president's agenda. 

In 2019 with Buhari's re-election for a second term, he ordered his cabinet to channel all requests through Kyari's office. 

Further enhancing his influence within government circles, and being labelled as the de facto head of government. 

In 2017, following a leaked memo, Kyari became embroiled in a public argument with the Head of Civil Service , who was later removed from office and arrested. 

In 2020, in another leaked memo, Babagana Monguno the National Security Adviser accused Kyari of meddling in matters of national security.


Kyari died at First Cardiology Consultants Hospital, Lagos on 17 April 2020, he died from complications related to COVID-19.

                  Honours and Awards

Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON); National honour in Nigeria

University of Cambridge

Alma mater Nigerian Law School

Harvard Business School

International Institute for Management Development.

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