Nigerian Chief of Staff Abba Kyari has Died of Covid-19
Abba Kyari was a Nigerian politician who was the chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari. Kyari, who had underlying health problems, including diabetes, was one of Nigeria’s top politicians, one of the most powerful men in the country and the chief official assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The president’s special advisor on media and advertising, Femi Adesina, confirmed this in a press release.
Adesina said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s chief of staff died on Friday.
He said: “The presidency regrets to announce the passage of the chief of staff to President Mallam Abba Kyari.
“The deceased had tested positive for COVID-19 and was receiving treatment. But he died on Friday April 17, 2020.
PUNCH reported on March 24 that Kyari had contracted the coronavirus.
Kyari tested positive for the virus after returning from a trip to Germany.
Barely a week after the report, Kyari announced his decision to leave Abuja for Lagos to receive medical treatment in a private facility.
Upon his arrival in Lagos, Lagos State and the federal governments refused to declare his whereabouts.
The announcement of Kyari’s death came hours after the Nigeria Center for Disease Control said at least 11 people have died from complications from coronavirus in the country.
However, it was not possible to determine whether Kyari’s death had been counted among the deaths.
Nigeria still has a relatively small number of confirmed coronavirus cases with only 493 and 17 deaths, compared to its 200 million inhabitants.
But there have been significant concerns that the country is not giving enough tests to be sure with only 7,000 tests done.
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