Nigeria President Buhari’s chief of staff, Abba Kyari has died after contracting the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19), two presidency spokespersons announced on Twitter as COVID-19 deaths in Africa shoots to 1,000
Mallam Abba Kyari who was in his 70s had underlying health problems including diabetes was top official aid to President Buhari and one of the most powerful persons in Nigeria.
“The Presidency regrets to announce the passage of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari,” said presidency spokesman Garba Shehu in a tweet on Friday.
“The deceased had tested positive to the ravaging COVID-19 and had been receiving treatment. But he died on Friday, 17 April 2020,” he said in another post on Twitter. Spokesman Femi Adesina also confirmed Kyari’s death.
The Presidency regrets to announce the passage of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari.
— Garba Shehu (@GarShehu) April 17, 2020
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Kyari’s death has been sited as the highest-profile death in Nigeria due to COVID-19. So far Nigeria has had 493 confirmed cases with 17 death according to the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Kyari traveled to Germany in early March this year alongside other Nigerian officials for a planned meeting with Siemens company. He thereafter attended other meetings with Nigeria senior government officials upon his arrival in Nigeria
Algeria has had the highest number of deaths so far with 364 deaths, followed by Egypt (205) and South Africa with 50 deaths.