The chief of staff to the Nigerian president Mallam Abba Kyari is dead following complications after contracting coronavirus after a Germany trip. Abba Kyari’s blood samples were taken on Saturday despite the fact that he showed no symptoms of Corona Virus. However the result came out positive on Tuesday the 24th.
Abba Kyari who tested positive to the virus on 24th March, has been on isolation in an undisclosed private hospital in Lagos.
His death was announced moments ago by the Special Adviser to the president on Media Mr Femi Adesina. Though the reasons for his sudden demise was not clearly stated; there are strong indications that he died following his infection with the coronavirus currently ravaging the world.
Abba Kyari who prefers to be known as Mallam justifying his position as an Islamic scholar was born in 1938 in the small town of Dewa and served in the Nigerian Military attaining to the much coveted position of Brigadier. A kanuri man by tribe, he hails from the north eastern state of Borno. Abba Kyari attended the Borno state Middle School and the prestigious Barewa College, Zaria, Kaduna state.
He enlisted in the Nigerian Army in the year 1959 starting off as an officer cadet. Abba Kyari also attended the British Army’s Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershot, United Kingdom from October 1959 to March 1960.
Following the 1966 January coup which was the first military coup in Nigeria, Major Abba Kyari was given command of the Nigerian Army’s 5th Battalion which was based in the northern provinces of Nigeria. O
Abba kyari proceeded to the University of Warwick where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He also impressively received a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Cambridge. Soon after in 1983, he was called to the Nigerian Bar after attending the Nigerian Law School and passing its exams.
Abba Kyari returned to the University of Cambridge in 1984, where he obtained a master’s degree in law. Abba Kyari, who really valued education also attended the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland and participated in the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School, in 1992 and 1994, respectively.
Mallam Abba Kyari worked for the law firm of the famous Fani-Kayode and Sowemimo for a while after returning to the country.
He also served as an Editor with the New Africa Holdings Limited, Kaduna from 1988 to 1990. In 1990, he was appointed the Honourable 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, which was 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 (UBA BANK) and was later appointed the chief executive officer in the same bank.
In 2002, he was appointed a board director of Unilever Nigeria, and later served on the board of Exxon Mobil Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari appointed him as the chief of staff in August, 2015; a position he held until his demise.
While serving as the Chief of Staff to the president, Abba Kyari had a lot of influence in the running of affairs in Buhari’s administration, becoming highly influential in making key decisions that affect the country.
In 2019 with Buhari’s re-election for a second term, the president ordered his appointed cabinet and other highly placed government officials to direct all requests through Kyari’s office; further increasing the already wild speculation by the public that he ran the presidency. Many Nigerians believe he is the head of the Buhari cabal who influence decision making at the presidential level.
In 2017, following a leaked memo, Abba Kyari became embroiled in a public argument with the Head of Civil Service, who was later removed from office and arrested. Following this, in 2020, in yet another leaked memo, the National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno accused Abba Kyari of meddling in matters of national security. Monguno expressed his displeasure with Abba Kyari’s attitude and general influence.
May his soul rest in peace.