The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it will continue to adopt global approach in its bid to reposition the Oil and Gas Industry in Nigeria.
The NNPC Group Managing Director,(GMD), Mala Kyari, said this in a statement by the Acting Spokesman for the Corporation, Mr Samson Makoji in Abuja on Wednesday.
Makoji quoted Kyari as having said this while receiving the management of LukOil Company, led by its Vice President for the Americas, West Africa and Europe, Ivan Romanovsky during business visit to NNPC.
The GMD said he would leave no stone unturned to actualise the mandate of the Federal Government, especially revamping the refineries and meeting the oil production target of three million barrels per day.
“We are adopting a global approach to solving industry problems, we will work with you to see how we can support each other, to leverage on your capabilities,” he said.
He invited LukOil Company to participate in the upcoming bid rounds, billed to hold in the near future.
Earlier, Romanovsky said that Nigeria was a country of opportunities with a number of projects that his company and NNPC could leverage on.
According to him, Nigeria has what it takes to achieve its production targets.
“I am pretty sure the goals that are set and the plans by the National Oil Company are achievable, especially with the help of international partners, ’’Romanovsky said.
On the rehabilitation of refineries, he said his company was ready to support the NNPC, not only to revamp the plants, but also to upgrade their capacity.
“We are open, more than glad to participate in upgrading the existing refineries; we have the knowledge and the technical know-how.”(NAN)
Edited by Isaac Aregbesola/Dada Ahmed
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)
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.
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.
‘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.
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Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)
Those not well kitted at Abba Kyari’s burial test negative for COVID-19 -FCTA
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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)
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.
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)
Patriotism, trustworthiness, core qualities for Abba Kyari’s replacement, Group advises Buhari
The Igbo Youth Assembly (IYA) worldwide, a socio-cultural youth organisation, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to look out for core qualities of patriotism and dependability in appointing a replacement for his late Chief of Staff (CoS), Malam Abba Kyari.
The youth body made this known in a condolence message to the president, signed by its Secretary-General, Casmir Irekamba, on Friday in Owerri.
Irekamba described the late Kyari as a loyal, patriotic and dependable CoS and called on politicians in the country to emulate his legacies.
He said that the late Kyari was selfless in the discharge of his duties, adding that he would be remembered for his good work and sterling efforts to the Nigerian society.
He also condoled with Buhari and the deceased’s family over what he described as a bitter loss, which had created a big vacuum in the country.
Reflecting on Kyari’s contributions to improve democracy and good governance, Irekamba noted that the deceased should be fondly remembered although he might have stepped on toes while discharging his duties.
“The Igbo Youth Assembly worldwide was embittered that the demise of Kyari has left a huge vacuum in the country and is indeed a trying time, especially for Buhari and the deceased’s family.
“We, however, urge Buhari to carefully select someone who is patriotic, loyal, trustworthy and God-fearing as his next Chief of Staff for the country to continue to move on,” he said.
He urged Nigerians to pray for the country’s leaders so as to achieve the ultimate goal of national cohesion and better living conditions, especially in the face of challenges.
Edited By: Cecilia Odey/Peter Ejiofor) (NAN)
Mamman Daura’s Tribute to Malam Abba Kyari
MALAM ABBA KYARI: A GREAT PUBLIC SERVANT
BY MAMMAN DAURA
Corona virus is a law, yet lawless unto itself. As of yesterday it has claimed 183,424 lives worldwide and 28 Nigerians.
One of those lives lost was Malam Abba Kyari’s, Chief of Staff to the President. Malam Abba succumbed to complications after contracting and recovering from Corona Virus a week today.
Malam Abba Kyari was a man blessed with mountainous gifts and uncommon attributes of intelligence, diligence, hard work, loyalty to friends and worthy causes. One could exhaust superlatives to do him full justice.
I first set eyes on Malam Abba about 47 years ago. I was at my desk at the New Nigerian newspapers office scribbling something or other when the gate messenger brought a chit of paper with a name “Abba Kyari Chima” wanting to see the Editor.
When he came in he looked winsome and slightly diffident. After pleasantries I wanted to know his reason for coming to New Nigerian. He said he read and liked an Editorial in the paper a few days earlier headed: “Solution looking for a Problem” and he resolved to work with us.
After swift enquiry, I was told there were no vacancies in the Newsroom nor in Sub-Editing. But a lowly position existed as proof reader as someone had just left. I was about to apologise to him that what was available was beneath his station. Malam Abba quickly said: “I will take it.”
After formalities he was enrolled as a staff of New Nigerian.
By “taking it” he was taking a sizeable cut from his previous teaching job’s pay as the salary scales in the New Nigerian where Malam Abba and I worked were historic in their frugality. You couldn’t get fat on the wages of the New Nigerian in the mid-70s.
Anyway, within weeks Malam Abba had moved to the Newsroom and was an articulate member at the daily editorial conferences. Moreover he and I became firm friends ever since. If I recall correctly we both left the services of New Nigerian within a short time of each other.
After New Nigerian, Malam Abba worked at NDDC and Zamfara Textiles – a state-sponsored investment company and a private manufacturing outfit – valuable experience in later life – and soon grew out of those jobs.
Constantly striving to improve himself he went to Warwick University in England -where General Gowon also attended after leaving Nigeria as Head of State – and acquired an Honours Degree in Sociology and thence to the world-famous Cambridge University where he graduated in Law before returning to Nigeria.
When a group of sponsors including Malam Ahmed Joda, Mr. Philip Asiodu and Malam Isma’ila Isa Funtua floated a new newspaper, The Democrat, Malam Abba was nominated and unanimously accepted as its Editor. His previous experience in the New Nigerian and his quality education enabled him to run the newspaper with aplomb.
Malam Abba served as Company Secretary with the burgeoning African International Bank. But as I said Malam Abba grew out of every job he held hitherto.
And when Mr. Hakeem Bello-Osagie assembled a team of investors and managers to help revive the collapsing UBA, Malam Abba was persuaded to join the group and after weeks of diligence the group acquired UBA and Malam Abba joined the Bank as a Senior Executive. Needless to relate, he eventually became the Bank’s Chief Executive and on retirement was persuaded to remain as non-executive Vice-Chairman.
These times coincided with the country’s return to democracy and Malam Abba was among those enthusiastically espousing the cause of General Obasanjo. On his selection as PDP candidate, a group of women and youths in the PDP lobbied Obasanjo to pick Malam Abba as his Vice Presidential running mate. After heated debates, Obasanjo eventually picked Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
In the 2003 elections, Malam Abba was in opposite camps with President Obasanjo. General Muhammadu Buhari had declared his intention the previous year to contest the presidency and Malam Abba joined his team and worked wholeheartedly in all the campaigns through the drudgery and injustices of the 2003, 2007 and 2011 elections without losing hope or sight of the ultimate goal.
Perseverance paid off and in 2015 General Buhari under the banner of APC (an amalgam of CPC, ACN, ANPP and break away factions of the PDP and many other smaller parties) won the Presidential elections. To his great surprise, the President appointed Malam Abba as the Chief of Staff.
Fortified by the rigours of a Cambridge education and varied experience in Banking, industry, investment and journalism, Malam Abba set himself the task of defining the role, functions and status of the Chief of Staff. He started by consulting previous incumbents of the position he could reach as a way of educating himself of the challenges ahead of him.
All future Chiefs of Staff will henceforth be judged by the benchmark of Malam Abba Kyari. Next, he assembled a team of very competent staff who worked incredibly long hours, 7 days a week to analyse, itemize, disaggregate knotty problems and advise the President. Malam Abba was an exacting taskmaster and his staff were relieved if he travelled outside the country. But to a man they valued, respected some even liked him.
Malam Abba was at odds with many senior members of the government on economic policies. Many Nigerian elites tend to lean towards the Bretton Woods one-size-fits-all solutions long discredited and demonstrably failed in so many so-called Third World countries. Malam Abba tended to look inward for solutions and was not an ideologue.
He was heavily influenced by two Nobel Laureates, the great West Indian Economist, Professor Arthur Lewis and the eminent Indian Professor Amartya Sen, the latter Malam Abba frequently called to exchange views.
Despite holding firm views, his advice to the President was dispassionate, even-handed and did not hide unpleasant facts, in the best traditions of public service. In point of intellect, he stood above all Ministers and Special Advisers in this government. But personally he was modest, ever willing to learn, ever willing to help others.
Malam Abba leaves a widow, the estimable Hajiya Hauwa and four children, Aisha (Amma), Nuruddeen, Ibrahim and Zainab. The children have all been well educated and are able to pursue their own careers.
Few people knew that over ten years ago, he turned his house in Maiduguri (since he no longer resided there) into accommodation for IDPs. At some stage there were 75 people whom Malam Abba was feeding, clothing and looking after; in addition to their children’s education. Later, the numbers got larger. Malam Abba never said a word to anybody about this. Amma and her siblings are not the only orphans Malam Abba left!
He lived a fairly simple life and habitually wore a red cap, white clothing and black shoes. He had to be forced by his friends to change the cap and he wore the shoes to the ground before buying a new pair!
According to hospital reports, his body fought hard in face of deteriorating complications, but his time had come. We remember him with sadness in our hearts and tears in our eyes…..
Mamman Daura: Abba Kyari was a man of uncommon attributes
Alhaji Mamman Daura, former Editor of the New Nigerian newspaper, has described Mallam Abba Kyari, the late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari as “a man of uncommon attributes”.
In a tribute to the deceased, one of his Reporters in the New Nigerian, Mamman described Kyari as “a man blessed with mountainous gifts”.
“Kyari was blessed with uncommon attributes of intelligence, diligence, hard work, loyalty to friends and worthy causes. One could exhaust superlatives to do him full justice,” Mamman said in the tribute made available to the News Agency of Nigeria , on Friday in Abuja.
Recalling how he employed Kyari as a Reporter in the New Nigerian, Mamman said that he was surprised when the deceased accepted the only job available – Proof Reader – when he appeared before him while he was Editor of the Kaduna-based newspaper.
“I first set eyes on Kyari about 47 years ago. I was at my desk at the New Nigerian newspapers office when the gate messenger brought a paper with a name “Abba Kyari Chima” wanting to see the Editor.
“When he came in, he looked winsome and slightly diffident. After pleasantries, I wanted to know his reason for coming to New Nigerian. He said he read and liked an Editorial in the paper a few days earlier headed: “Solution looking for a Problem”, and had resolved to work with us.
“After swift enquiry, I was told there were no vacancies in the Newsroom nor in Sub-Editing. But a lowly position existed as proof reader as someone had just left. I was about to apologise to him that what was available was beneath him, but he quickly said: “I will take it.”
“After formalities, he was enrolled as a staff of New Nigerian.
“By `taking it’, he was taking a sizeable cut from his previous teaching job’s pay as the salary scales in the New Nigerian where Malam Abba and I worked were historic in their frugality. You couldn’t get fat on the wages of the New Nigerian in the mid-70s.
“Within weeks, Kyari had moved to the Newsroom and was an articulate member at the daily editorial conferences. Moreover, he and I became firm friends ever since. If I recall correctly, we both left the services of New Nigerian within a short time of each other.”
Mamman also described Kyari as “someone constantly striving to improve himself”, declaring that he was fortified for success as Chief of Staff by the rigours of a Cambridge education and varied experience in Banking, industry, investment and journalism.
“He set himself the task of defining the role, functions and status of the Chief of Staff. He started by consulting previous incumbents of the position he could reach as a way of educating himself of the challenges ahead of him.”
Opining that all future Chiefs of Staff would be judged by the benchmark of Kyari, Mamman said that the deceased assembled a team of very competent staff who worked incredibly long hours to analyse, itemize and disaggregate knotty problems and advise the President.
“Kyari was an exacting taskmaster and his staff were relieved if he traveled outside the country, but they valued, respected, and even liked him,” he said.
Mamman said that Kyari was at odds with many senior members of the government on economic policies.
“Many Nigerian elites tend to lean towards the Bretton Woods one-size-fits-all solutions long discredited and demonstrably failed in so many so-called Third World countries.
“Kyari tended to look inward for solutions and was not an ideologue. He was heavily influenced by two Nobel Laureates, the great West Indian Economist, Professor Arthur Lewis and the eminent Indian Professor Amartya Sen, the latter he frequently called to exchange views.
“Despite holding firm views, his advice to the President was dispassionate, even-handed and did not hide unpleasant facts, in the best traditions of public service.
“In point of intellect, he stood above all Ministers and Special Advisers in this government. But personally, he was modest, ever willing to learn, ever willing to help others.”
Mamman also recalled that Kyari worked enthusiastically while espousing the cause of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and almost became his running mate in 1999 before the job was given to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
He also recalled Kyari’s deep commitment to Buhari’s presidential intention, “working wholeheartedly in all the campaigns through the drudgery and injustices of the 2003, 2007 and 2007 elections without losing hope or sight of the ultimate goal”.
“Such perseverance paid off when Buhari, who contested the polls on the platform of APC, won the Presidential elections and, to his (Kyari)’s great surprise, the President appointed him as the Chief of Staff.”
He disclosed that Kyari, about 10 years ago, turned his house in Maiduguri into an accommodation for IDPs which, at some stage, housed 75 people that he fed, clothed and sponsored their children’s education.
“Later, the numbers got larger, but Kyari never said a word to anybody about this,” he said, adding that the lawyer had left many orphans behind.
Mamman said that Kyari lived a fairly simple life and would habitually wear his shoes to the ground before buying a new pair.
“For us, he will always be remembered with sadness in our hearts and tears in our eyes,” Mamman concluded.
The disease has claimed 183,424 lives worldwide since it was first reported in China in December 2019. .
Kyari: Cameroonian President, Diplomatic Corps, others condole with Buhari
President Paul Biya of Cameroon has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari on the death of his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.
Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.
In the letter of condolence addressed to the Nigerian leader, Biya, who also commiserated with the Kyari family, told the President: ”I can feel your pains, following the death of your close collaborator.”
Similarly, the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Oyegun prayed God to fill the void the absence of the deceased has created.
While commiserating with the Kyari family and the people of Borno, Oyegun noted that the death of the Chief of Staff came as a shock to him because he was receiving the best medical care available.
”However, as a people of faith, we cannot question the will of God,’’ he said in a letter of condolence to the President.
Oyegun, who recounted fond memories with the late Kyari, said: ”when I had the privilege of being National Chairman of APC, my interactions with him were always pleasant and productive experiences.”
The President also received condolence messages from the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in the country through the High Commissioner of Cameroon to Nigeria; Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the UK, Justice George Oguntade (Rtd) and the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Fahad Altaffaq.
The Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria; the Association of Motor Dealers in Nigeria; Tiv paramount ruler, Tor Tiv, Orchivirigh Prof. James Ayatse; Alhaji Mustapha Ado Ammasco, the CEO of Ammasco International Limited also condoled with the President.
Others, who sent their condolence messages are the former Senate leader, Sen. Victor Ndoma-Egba; Urohobo Progressive Union and former Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Prof. Oladapo Afolabi.
Cameroon’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, Salaheddine Ibrahima, in the letter of condolence on behalf of the Diplomatic Corps, described Kyari as a patriotic Nigerian, who dedicated himself to the implementation of the objectives of this administration with a total sense of loyalty.
‘‘Far beyond the official and formal relations with the Diplomatic Corps, he also entertained very cordial and personal relations with us, which made it very useful for the fruitful relations between Nigeria and our respective countries, ’’ Ibrahima said.
The National Secretary, St Paul’s (Zaria) Old Boys Association (SPOBA) Idris Mohammed Faruk Jnr, eulogised their late old boy as a ”perspicacious technocrat.”
”Kyari was consistently close to his classmates even on their social media platform days before his major health challenge, and belonged to the St Paul’s Old Boys Association (SPOBA).
”As Alumni of Kyari’s former college we are proud that he represented us well at every opportunity he had, showing the values of a true Pauline – generous, loyal, friendly, intellectually driven, dedicated to service and committed to the vision of developing Nigeria into a great country,” SPOBA secretariat wrote in a condolence message to the President.
Also, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, Senior Pastor, Trinity House, described the demise of Kyari as saddening, noting how strategic he was to this administration.
‘‘ A true gate-keeper he was in every sense of it, a loyal and committed friend, erudite and professional, his diligence, hard work and resilience will be sorely missed,’’ Ighodalo wrote in his condolence to the President.
Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)
NIM eulogises Late Abba Kyari
The Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) (NIM) says the diligence and loyalty of the late Abba Kyari was beneficial to development of critical sectors in the country.
Mrs Patience Anabor, President/Chairman of Council, NIM, said this in a condolence message to President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday in Lagos.
Abba Kyari, who was Buhari’s Chief of Staff, had tested positive to coronavirus and died on April 17, while undergoing treatment in Lagos.
He was buried in Abuja on April 18, according to Islamic rites.
Anabor said that the late Chief of Staff, in the discharge of his duties, brought to bear characteristics such as patriotic zeal, accountability, efficiency, transparency and high level of integrity.
She prayed for courage and comfort for both the Presidency and the family members of the deceased in coping with the loss.
“On behalf of NIM members, Management, Staff and Council I wish to convey our heartfelt condolences on the recent passing of your late Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, OON.
“In his lifetime, Kyari, was a diligent and loyal staff in the Presidency, who contributed visibly and immensely to the implementation of the next level agenda of your administration.
“May God Almighty console the family he left behind, the President and Commander-In-Chief, his colleagues and give them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” she said.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
Mallam Abba Kyari: A rare Gem with courage of personal conviction – by Jalal Arabi
MALLAM ABBA KYARI: A RARE GEM WITH COURAGE OF PERSONAL CONVICTION, by Jalal Arabi
The Almighty Allah has decreed that “every soul shall taste death.” Indeed that has come to pass for Ya’ Abba and for us his loved ones and admirers world over. This is more pronounced in the encomiums showered on him and eulogies delivered at every opportunity of condolence. Indeed, the demise of Ya’Abba has brought to fore his hidden qualities and attributes hitherto largely unknown, misunderstood and grossly underestimated.
In the last five years, our daily retreat used to commence with paying compliments to each other and inquiring about each other’s family. We would then share latest happenings in our dear nation. However, Ya’Abba’s main areas of interests in all the reportage were citizens’ comments on infrastructural developments and costs of living. He equally would inquire about reported or recorded security reports and breakthroughs in the agricultural sector. After that it was coffee time since we had reduced taking breakfast tea. This latter period was sober as we would discuss how the Government was faring and the need to expand the frontiers of success.
We will then carry the discussions to lunch where he will insist that every member of the “family” is notified that lunch was ready. The congregation included, until recently, a large group comprising Ambassador Ahmed Rufai, Mallam Musa Shafi’i, Late Tijjani Yusuf, Ambassador Yahaya Lawal, Faruk Gumel, Abdulmutallab Muktar, Fola Oyeyinka, Bode Oyetunde, Amina Ado, Francis Anatogu and Mohammed Salisu Adaya. On most occasions we were joined by Mallam Ya’u Darazo and Garba Shehu. He would insist some dignitaries that would visit him during the period eat with us. Usually, lunch time provided him the opportunity to tap our brains, share his experience on sustainable development and the way forward for our country. We always looked forward to the timing and the engagements. Whoever was not available will be looked for and he would usually apologise if for any reason he delayed coming to table on time. That was vintage Ya’Abba.
Today, I write to pay tribute to a Boss, Mentor, Elder Brother and a teacher of innumerable qualities who stood for loyalty, principle, commitment, dedication, patriotism and courage of personal Conviction-Qualities (nouns that) he lived for till he breathed his last.
I was fortunate to meet Ya’Abba in June, 2015 after they came into the Villa as an Administration. We were then remnants administrative staff left behind by the previous administrations and so have the rare opportunity of welcoming them in. Unassuming as he was till the end, we would meet in the Villa Mosque and on the walk way and exchanged pleasantries. Never given to sycophancy nor mediocrity, he would always mind his business and move on. You would always notice his presence on occasions ONLY if invited otherwise, he would do his beat and retire to the presence of his mentor, Mallam Mamman Daura.
It was not until August, 2015 that destiny brought us closer, and since then it was never the same again. He was appointed Chief of Staff to the President on 29th August, 2015 and as with the standard practice, he had an overview of his Areas of Responsibility and undertook a tour of units within his purview, one of which was the State House Counsel, which I was privileged to be occupying then. Subsequently, I would be giving him a daily briefing on where we were policy-wise and level of implementation. True to his proactive nature and results-orientation, he would direct immediate follow ups and where necessary drafts for quick update to Mr. President for appropriate action. I continued on that trajectory even after God elevated me to the position of Permanent Secretary. That had never ceased and remained his trademark “prompt action, prompt result”. He detested procrastination under whatever guise.
Luck came my way when I was able to win the confidence of Ya’Abba by appealing to his appetite of executing instruction on time and with logic. How else could one describe that rare opportunity? As earlier posited, Ya’Abba became my teacher and never for a day denied me the leverage of asking him probing questions. He would always answer your questions from position of pure knowledge, which I believe was acquired over time, more so, with compelling references readily available. He was never bothered by the loads of books and journals in and around his office that can easily qualify same as a library of intellectualism. The sloppy side of this however, is you can never at will borrow or ask him to lend you of any of these treasures except he was sure you would truly read, utilize what you gained therefrom and add value to the discourse. I came to appreciate the style otherwise the “shelves” would have been emptied. Ya’Abba was on the list of first takers of any released publication on Politics, Economics, Philosophy and Social Developments before they are publicly unveiled, – quote me. You can now understand why his contributions at all forums were not only rich but comprehensive and factual without contradiction. Truly a rare gift of nature, but alas all that has gone, even as the records survived.
Ya’ Abba’s love for this nation was never in doubt. He was never shy to take on any contrary stance with in-depth analyses and explanations. He would engage the nay sayers in making them understand the purpose for which we were entrusted with people’s mandate.
The nation and its less privileged first before the affluent. Little wonder that he became unpopular with the elites. It was not that he had any disdain for the elites (alias Private Sector) having been a beneficiary for most part of his career life but he detested exploitation, unfairness and injustice. With a quick and sharp grasp of the reality of Nigerian situation he went all out to ensure that the Buhari Administration leaves an enduring legacy.
He therefore made sure that where necessary, he got aside the bureaucratic processes and procedures to achieve quick results like someone trying to beat his time and so it was. He believed that Government policies should be geared towards bettering the lives of the majority so that way he subtly challenged any slow pace of implementing an infrastructural development and socio-economic policies.
Dear to his heart as legacy projects for our administration include the National Council on Food Strategy; Presidential Fertilizer Initiative; Presidential Infrastructure Fund; Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Initiative; Completion of Second Niger Bridge; Initiation for the Funding of 18 Key Road projects across the country; Rehabilitation of Abuja-Kaduna-Kano Road Network; Presidential Power Initiative – Siemens; 10MW Grid Solar Power Project In Kano; Planting of 26 Million Trees to address Desertification; Establishment of 16 Federal Science and Technical Schools in the States; Creation of Special Public Works Program to provide part time employment to 40,000 Nigerian Youths across eight (8) states on a pilot basis; and Federal Government’s Covid-19 palliatives; etc.
Once those heavy structures and projects are completed or attained to satisfactory levels, he believed Nigeria and Nigerians will be the best for it.
I need not remind that it was in the quest of achieving his wish to see to the rescue of the Power-sector that he took ill and subsequently died. Ya’Abba, we were consoled that you died a Hero.
I cannot stop thinking about how you believed in your cause. How you envisioned Nigeria of your dream. How you felt for the less-privileged. How you planned and ensured the execution of policies that touched on the lives of Nigerians, especially the less-privileged in the areas of Agriculture and Rural Development, Power and the general Economy. I need not say more as the voice of the majority so far have echoed such. I will therefore lean on the maxim “Res Ipsa Loquitur”.
However, like every mortal, Ya’Abba was not perfect. He was rather reticent and restrained. He was also rather wary or at times suspicious of the civil servants. These two traits seemed to have tainted his orientation and outlook; and might have, in some ways, contributed to his rather unknown and unsung hope or record of achievement.
Certainly, Nigeria will never be the same again. It has lost an illustrious son who was detribalized, patriotic, honest and realistic. You always taught me to be assertive in my principle, patriotic when it came to Nigerian project and be helpful to the needy within the confines of the Rules. In you I learnt family virtues and communal relationship and fraternity. Our families have become closer that we feel for each other and always there for one another. You have helped me in deepening my knowledge of the world and my country. You taught me the virtues of true friendship and deep appreciation of diversity. You let me into your world of friends and associates most of whom are your likes and in whom I found traces of your commonality of ideas and truthfulness. I only pray that God gives me the tenacity to maintain such a privilege.
Ya’Abba is gone and so shall all of us go at the appointed time but until such a time I urge us all to imbibe the culture of patriotism and loyalty which were the hallmark he held on to until his demise. This I can attest to and stand for till my last breathe as we shall all depart this world at our appointed time, without exception and shall account for our deeds in the hereafter. I pray that we depart this world of vanity in similar circumstances that will qualify our deaths as martyrs, which simply means dying for a good cause in circumstances that are ordained and exalted. For all intents and purposes, we are hopeful that Ya’Abba died a martyr.
13. I condole with Mr. President, Baba Mamman and most especially, his wonderful family over the irreparable loss, believing that Allah will have mercy on his soul and on ours as well. I now truly believe that “every job is easy when you are not the one doing it”. Allah ya maka Rahama Ya’ Abba, Sai Munzo.
– Jalal A. Arabi, is the outgoing Permanent Secretary, State House, Abuja.
Prince Charles, President Kagame, others condole with Buhari over loss of Kyari
The heir to British throne, Prince Charles has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari, the government and people of Nigeria over the death of Abba Kyari, the former Chief of Staff to the President.
According to a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in Abuja on Wednesday, Prince Charles described the death of Mallam Kyari was “a desperately sad news”.
Prince Charles regretted that the death of Kyari had occurred through ”this pernicious virus…I can only begin to imagine what an immense gap Mr. Kyari’s untimely death will leave in Your Excellency’s life and my heart goes to you and Mr Kyari’s family.”
In a message through the Embassy of Rwanda in Abuja, President Paul Kagame, the government and people of Rwanda extended their heart-felt condolences to the Nigerian leader.
Kagame used the opportunity “to express solidarity to the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as we are faced with the Covid-19 global crisis.”
The former Vice President, Architect Namadi Sambo in his own message to the President, described the death of Abba Kyari as a “monumental national loss.”
In his condolence message to the president, an industry leader and businessman, Abdulsamad Rabi’u, said he was deeply saddened by what he described as “this colossal loss.”
He said Abba Kyari “served the country and your administration with diligence and utmost loyalty.
”He was deeply committed to the service of Nigeria and his efforts especially in ensuring the success of Your Excellency’s Agriculture Industry agenda did not go unnoticed.
”He was a beacon of loyalty and a patriot.”
Other messages received by President Buhari included those from the Emir of Gazargamu, Ahmad Tijjani Ibn Saleh from Yobe State; the Secretariat of the Developing D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation headquarters in Ankara, Turkey and retired Amb. Jibrin Chinade.
Former Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Emeka Nwogu and a former Managing Director of the Guardian Newspapers, Eluem Emeka Izeze, Alhaji Adamu Abubakar Maje, the Emir of Hadejia, Jigawa, also sent condolence messages to the President.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
Defence minister mourns Kyari, says Nigeria has lost a true patriot
The Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (retired), has described Mallam Abba Kyari, the late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, as “a thorough breed administrator of international repute”.
Magashi, in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, said that Kyari’s death was a “monumental loss to the nation”.
“His death has deprived Nigeria of his service, especially his loyalty, honesty and dedication. This incident is even more painful coming at this crucial time in the drive toward the transformation of our country,” he said.
Magashi said that Kyari gave his all to his nation and humanity, and demonstrated an uncommon patriotic zeal and unwavering determination to ensure that Buhari’s vision for a new Nigeria was taken driven to a logical conclusion.
He, however, expressed the belief that Kyari’s death on Friday and in the period of the Coronavirus pandemic had spiritual undertone that Allah would make paradise his final abode.
The minister prayed to Allah to grant President Buhari, the family of Abba Kyari and all Nigerians the fortitude to bear the loss.
Surveyor-General mourns Abba Kyari, says he was imbued with administrative tact
Mr Taiwo Adeniran, the Surveyor-General of the Federation, has commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari over the death of Malam Abba Kyari, his former Chief of Staff.
In a condolence message made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja, Adeniran described Kyari as “an accomplished technocrat that was imbued with administrative tact”.
“He had very rich educational and socio-cultural antecedent needed to help the government effectively pilot the affairs of our country. He was indeed a patriot,” he said.
Adeniran said that Kyari’s death would remain a great loss to the government and people of Nigeria and prayed God to grant his soul eternal rest.
He also prayed that the Almighty would grant President Buhari, members of the Federal Executive Council and members of the deceased’s family the fortitude to bear the loss.
NAN reports that Kyari, 67, died on Friday, April 17, and was buried in Abuja on Saturday, April 18.
Kyari, a detribalised Nigerian, says Don
Kyari, a detribalised Nigerian, says Don
Nsukka (Enugu State), April 22 Prof. Jonah Onuoha, Head of Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), has said the late Malam Abba Kyari, the former Chief of Staff (CoS), to President Muhammadu Buhari, was a detribalised Nigerian.
Onuoha told News Agency of Nigeria in Nsukka on Wednesday that Kyari was an intelligent and seasoned administrator, who used his wealth of knowledge to serve his fatherland.
“The former CoS was a patriotic and detribalised Nigerian who came, saw and conquered,” he said.
The Don, who is also the Director of American Studies in UNN, said it was unfortunate that many people misunderstood the former CoS while alive.
He said the former Chief of Staff (CoS) worked round-the-clock to move the country to the next level.
“Kyari never joined issues with those who accused him in one thing or the other because he believed they would make him lose focus.
“To him when you continue to reply to people who accuse you falsely, you are helping them to achieve cheap popularity and publicity.
“The former CoS was one that did not believe in talking too much but in hard work as well as achieving quality results,” he said.
Onuoha said that the death of Kyari had robbed the country of seasoned administrator, intelligent politician, a silent achiever and patriotic citizen.
“May Almighty God grant his soul eternal rest as well as give his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” he said
Edited By: Joe Idika/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
FBN, Total, NNDC commiserates with Buhari over Kyari’s death
President Muhammadu Buhari has received more commiserations on the death of his Chief of Staff, Malam Abba Kyari, who died of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on April 17.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.
In a letter of condolence to the president, the Chief Executive Officer, First Bank, Dr Adesola Adeduntan, described the demise of Kyari as ”a colossal loss to the nation as a whole”.
He noted that the deceased was a man of many illustrious parts, including accomplished lawyer, editor, banker, technocrat and statesman who contributed immeasurably to national development.
”Your Excellency, we sympathize with you and his entire family. This, certainly, is a trying time for you, his family, friends, associates and staff; we urge you to be unwavering and sustain his lofty contributions to nation building,” he said.
In a similar message, the Managing Director/Chief Executive, Total, Mike Sangster, wrote: ”His great contributions to the development of Nigeria under your administration shall be remembered.”
Adesina revealed that the president also received letters of condolence from Shehu Mai-Borno, Acting Group Managing Director, New Nigeria Development Company Limited, where the late Kyari was once a staff, and the National Chairman, Nigeria For Democracy Party, Dr Asukwo Mendie Archibong.
In his condolence message, Sen. John Akpanudoedehe, a former Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory, said the deceased “meant well for our nation and worked passionately to discharge his duties”.
Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)