The last official statement of the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Malam Abba Kyari was made after he was tested positive to the deadly CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19) disease after he returned from Germany on official engagements.
Health status of Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari 29 March, Abuja I am writing to let you know that on medical advice, I was transfered to Lagos later today for additional tests and observation.
This is a precautionary measure: I feel well, but last week, I tested positive for coronavirus, the pandemic that is sweeping the world. I have followed all the protocols the government has announced to self-isolate and quarantine.
I have made my own care arrangements to avoid further burdening the public health system, which faces so many pressures. Like many others that will test also positive, I have not experienced high fever or other symptoms associated with this new virus and have been working from home.
I hope to be back at my desk very soon. I have a team of young, professional, knowledgeable and patriotic colleagues whose dedication has been beyond the call of duty, who continue to work seven days a week, with no time of the day spared.
We will continue to serve the President and people of Nigeria, as we have for the past five years.
I want to thank all our fantastic, talented and brave healthcare professionals, working across the country in such a difficult time; all the good Samaritans looking out for the most vulnerable in our communities; the key workers that will keep our country going through this; friends and family and often strangers, who have sent me such warm wishes and displayed such a generosity of spirit.
We should be calm, measured and diligent – be meticulous in your hygiene, especially with cleaning hands, if possible stay at home or keep your distance. Listen to good advice from the proper authorities: pay no heed to quack cures or fake news from social media.
President Buhari will do whatever it takes to protect the health and safety of our people and get the country back on its feet as soon as possible.
Like the whole world, we are dealing with a new disease. Our experts are learning more all the time about coronavirus, what it does and how we can combat it. What we do know is that while some may become very sick, many others who contract the virus will not, and may have no symptoms at all.
This is a disease that recognises no difference between north and south, men or women, rich or poor. We are all in this together.
Abba Kyari Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari
Profile of the late Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to president BUHARI:
Abba Kyari who died of Covid-19 on 18 April, 2020 obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Warwick, England, in 1980. He also holds 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 obtained 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 and 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.
He served as Honorary Member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Investment in Nigeria between 2000 and 2005. He is a recipient of the Nigerian Honor Award of Officer of the Order of the Niger (O.O.N).
He was appointed as the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, the position he held until his death on Friday, April 17, 2020.