The Presidency has announced the passage of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari.
A press release from Femi Adesina Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity) stated that the deceased had tested positive to the ravaging COVID-19, and had been receiving treatment but he died on Friday, April 17, 2020.
Funeral arrangements will be announced shortly.
Kyari was an influential figure within the Buhari administration.During the administration’s first term, he worked mainly behind the scene to implement the president’s agenda.
President Buhari’s re-election for a second term, enhanced his influence as he ordered his cabinet to channel all requests through Kyari’s office. He is being labelled as the de facto head of government of Nigeria.
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.