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Kyari: ASUU commiserates with Buhari



The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has described the demise of Malam Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, as sad and unfortunate. The union’s National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, expressed the sadness in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

NAN reports that the Kyari died on Friday in a Lagos hospital following complications from COVID-19.
He was the highest public officer to have died from the pandemic in Nigeria.

About 541 petsons have been infected with the virus in Nigeria and 19 deaths recorded from it.
”The demise of the chief of staff is sad. It is unfortunate that he had to go that way.

”Our hearts and prayers are with the family. We also sympathise with Mr President, with whom he worked until his death.
”We shall all miss him, but more importantly, the lesson that his transition teaches us a country should not be lost: we must continue to improve our health and education sectors ,” the unionist said.

Prof. Solomon Akinboye, the immediate past Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, University of Lagos, said that the country had lost a key actor in the current administration.

Akinboye, a Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science of the institution, said, however that Kyari’s death was a wake up call for fortification of Nigeria’s key sectors, especially education and health.
”His death underscores the fact that COVID-19 has no respect for anybody.

”It is time we wake up to the realities on ground as they concern our health and education facilities.
” I commiserate with President Buhari and the family of the deceased. The development is sad indeed,” he said. (NAN)

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Kyari: Iranian President commiserates with Buhari



President Hassan Rouhani of the Islamic Republic of Iran has condoled with President Buhari over the demise of his Chief of Staff, Malam Abba Kyari.

Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Monday.

A condolence letter signed by the Iranian President, according to Shehu, prayed for the good health of the Nigerian leader, the family of the deceased, as well as the well-being of the Nigerian people, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

”Surely, eradicating this dangerous virus, which has claimed the lives of many innocent people around the world and continues to threaten global health, requires the determination and cooperation of all members of the international community and the elimination of all kinds of discrimination,” the Iranian leader said.

Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

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Food, Abba Kyari dominate Google search in Nigeria



Google on Monday,  said the trending search term on Google Nigeria over the past 30 days had been ‘how to make bread?’, followed by ‘who is Abba Ky, Aari?’.

Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade,  Google communication Officer, West Africa, in a statement,  said the top 20 trending questions on Google Search Nigeria over the last 30 days were dominated by food and current affairs questions.

Kola-Ogunlade said that Nigeria like many other nations, had implemented lockdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

He said that forced to stay at home, and often unable to perform their usual work, many people across the globe, including Nigerians, turned to cooking and baking as ways to pass the time.

The communication officer said it kept people  fed in the absence of restaurants and other vendors.

According to him, Nigerians are also asking about information related to the lockdown and coronavirus, as well as more general current affairs topics.

‘The top ten trending questions over the past 30 days were,  ‘Who is Abba Kyari, how to prepare hand sanitisers, Where is Buhari, when is school resuming in Nigeria?

“Other searches  were, how to draw, Is there movement in Lagos tomorrow, When is WEAC starting, When is Ramadan 2020 starting? Is there a cure for Coronavirus and how to lose weight.

“While top ten trending food questions over the past 30 days were how to make bread, how to make pancakes with flour, how to make chinchin, how to make fish roll.’

‘Others included,  how to make egg roll, how to make pizza, how to prepare vegetable soup, how to make cookies, how to make Akara, how to make Egusi soup,” he said.

According to him, search trends information is gleaned from data collated by Google based on what Nigerians have been searching for and asking Google.

He said that Google processed more than 40 000 search queries every second which translated to more than a billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year, worldwide.

Kola-Ogunlade said that live search data was available on the NG” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-saferedirecturl=””>Google Nigeria Trends site.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Federal Government had lockdown Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory for 30 days in the bid to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID 19).

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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Those not well kitted at Abba Kyari’s burial test negative for COVID-19 -FCTA



The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) says those who were not properly kitted at the burial of Abba Kyari, the late chief of staff to the president, tested negative to COVID-19.

Dr Mohammed Kawu, Acting Secretary, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.

Kawu explained that they have also completed the mandatory 14 days isolation and have been reunited with their families.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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Egyptian President condoles with Buhari over Kyari’s death



President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari over the death of his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, confirmed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

In the condolence message to the Nigerian leader, President el-Sisi said: ”I have received with great sorrow the news of the passing of Mr. Abba Kyari, your Honorable Chief of Staff, as a result of contracting the novel coronavirus.

”On behalf of myself and the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt, I extend my sincere condolences to you, and to the Government and people of Nigeria and the family of the deceased.”

According to the Egyptian leader, the danger that the world and the African continent face today from the outbreak of COVID-19, underscores the need for concerted national and regional efforts to confront the pandemic.

He also stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation among African countries to contain the repercussions of the virus, in addition to preserving the development and political gains achieved by the continent.

Edited By: Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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Kyari: Burkinabe President commiserates with Buhari



President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré of Burkina Faso has commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari on the death of his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.

Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, confirmed this in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday.

In the condolence message to the Nigerian leader, President Kabore wrote:

”On behalf of the Burkinabe Government and in my own name, I would like to present you my sincere condolences, following the death of Mr Abba Kyari, who was one of your close collaborators.

”In this painful circumstance, I can assure you of my compassion and my solidarity.

”Please accept, Mr President and Dear Brother, the expression of my highest and fraternal consideration.”

Edited By: Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Kyari: Rattawu, Lee Engineering, Royal Father condole with Buhari



The Radio, Television, Theatre Arts Workers Union of Nigeria (RATTAWU) has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari on the passage of his Chief of Staff (CoS), Malam Abba Kyari.

Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s spokesman said in Abuja on Tuesday that RATTAWU’s condolence letter, dated April 27, was signed by its General Secretary, Comrade A. Akpausoh.

RATTAWU said: “While the occurrence is quite sad, it is consoled by the fact that the deceased left impressive legacies worthy of applause.

“We join thousands of others to pray for the repose of his soul.’’

Also, Dr Leemon Ikpea, Group Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Lee Engineering Group, described the former CoS as a person who “lived a life of integrity, hard work and an accomplished Nigerian who gave his best for the country”.

Ikpea assured the president that millions of Nigerians identified with him at this period of grief.

In the same vein, the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom in Delta State, His Royal Majesty Emmanuel Sideso Abe 1, said the departed was a pillar.

The monarch urged the president to take heart, “because it is only the Almighty God who knows why it happened”.

He prayed God to receive the former CoS into His bosom.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Katsina State Elders Forum, others eulogise Abba Kyari



Katsina Elders Forum has commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari over the death of his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.

The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, said the elders expressed their feelings via a letter of condolence.

The letter was signed by Alhaji Ahmadu Kurfi, Chaiman and Alhaji Aliyu Mohammed, Secretary General of the Forum.

They said: ”No doubt, the death is a great loss not only to the family of Malam Abba Kyari but to the whole nation in view of the vacuum the death of Malam Kyari has created in the presidency especially his altruism in leadership and prudent management of resources.

”We pray Allah (SWT) forgive his shortcomings and admit him in Aljanna Firdaus. May Allah give the family the fortitude to bear this great loss. ”

According to the presidential aide, President Buhari also received commiserations from the Managing Director, Bank of Industry, Mr Olukayode Pitan and former President of ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development, Bashir Mamman Ifo.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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Archbishop of Canterbury, Amb. Horsfall, others condole with Buhari over Kyari’s death



The Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, has expressed sadness over the passage of the Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari.

Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Friday.

In the letter of condolence to President Muhammadu Buhari, the revered world religious leader said he recognised that “the Chief of Staff is a role on which one depends more than almost any other.’’

He stressed that occupants of such strategic position “need to be trusted…and willing to have your interests most closely at heart.”

The Archbishop, who is a personal friend of the President, said: “The fact that you entrusted Abba Kyari with your messages to me and to others demonstrates the faith you have in him.’’

“I am sure that his death is a significant blow to you personally, as well as to your government.

“This letter therefore brings my condolence at the loss of a man who struck me as remarkably intelligent and thoughtful…”

He also extended his commiserations to Malam Kyari’s family.

The pioneer Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Chief (Ambassador) Albert Korubo Horsfall, also sympathized with President Buhari on the loss of his Chief of Staff.

The Oil and Gas Trainers’ Association of Nigeria (OGTAN) in a condolence letter signed by its President, Dr Mayowa Afe to President Buhari, described Malam Kyari as “a trusted friend, dependable ally and a man of uncommon loyalty…”

He also acknowledged his contributions to strengthening the “economy and the Oil and Gas Industry.”

Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)


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U.S. Govt eulogies Abba Kyari, describes him as dedicated public servant



The U.S. government has described the late Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari as a dedicated public servant and respected interlocutor for the American government.

Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in a statement in Abuja on Friday, said the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Tibor Nagy, stated this in a condolence message to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Nagy eulogized the important role played by Kyari in the repatriation of over 300 million dollars in funds stolen by former head of state, Sani Abacha.

‘‘Kyari was a valued and respected interlocutor for the U.S. government and particularly for our leadership team in Abuja.

‘‘We appreciate working with him on many important matters, including the return to the Nigerian people of over 300 dollars million in funds stolen by Sani Abacha.

‘‘He envisioned the funds going to three geographically disparate infrastructure projects as a way to unite Nigeria economically,’’ he said.

The U.S. official noted that this vision, encapsulated by the late Chief of Staff, was a reflection of his tireless championing of a solid and prosperous future for Nigeria.

‘‘His dedication to this matter, to fighting corruption, and to countless other investments and policies for the future of Nigeria will leave a lasting impact on your country,’’ President Trump’s lead diplomat for Africa wrote in the condolence message.

While commiserating with the government and people of Nigeria, the Kyari family on the loss, the U.S. government pledged to stand with Nigeria in the struggle against the coronavirus pandemic.

The President also received condolence messages from Usani Uguru Usani former Minister of Niger Delta, Alhaji Sabiu Bako, Kano-based businessman and Bataure Abdulazziz, a trader’s union leader.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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