NANS, NAPS condoles with Buhari over Kyari’s Death as final Burial holds in Abuja

By Daniel Ayantoye

At the Burial of Abba Kyari in Abuja today

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has condoled with Buhari over the demise of his Chief of Staff, Mr. Abba Kyari.

NANS in a text message by it’s National President, Danielson Akpan to CAMPUS FOCUS on Saturday, 18th April, 2020 also condole the family of the deceased, praying his soul rest in peace.

“May I on behalf of the Executives, members and stakeholders of the largest black students movement in the world, National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS condole with President Muhammadu Buhari and the family of Mallam Abba Kyari, over the death of the later. “May his soul rest in peace!”

In the same, the National President of Polytechnic Students (NAPS), Olalere Benedict, in a release made available to CAMPUS FOCUS pray God to give the Presidency and the entire Nation, the fortitude to bear the great loss.

NAPS however cautioned Nigerians to be conscious of the outbreak of coronavirus and stay safe.

“May God give the entire Nation and Presidency the Fortitude to bear this great loss. Our Prayer in National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS) are with his family, President Mohammad Buhari and the entire Nation at this trying time.

“Let’s be watchful and careful, Covid 19 is very real, Let’s keep safe,stay safe, stay at home and follows the Preventive measures . It’s our Prayer that God will heal our land.

“NAPS Consolidation Era mourn the death of the Chief of Staff to the President of the federal Republic of Nigeria. Rest in Peace Abba Kyari.” he said.

Meanwhile the remains of Mr. Abba Kyari, who died on Friday, 17th April, has now been buried according to Islamic rite.

Kyari’s corpse were brought in an ambulance to the Defence House in Abuja, where family members, as well as his colleagues, gathered to pay their last respect. He was laid to rest at the Gudu Cemetery in Abuja.

CAMPUS had earlier reported the news of his death which was announced by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in the early hours of today.

On March 24, the news that Mr Kyari had tested positive for COVID-19 broke on after returning from a trip to Germany during which he met with officials of Siemens in Munich on Nigeria’s electricity expansion programme.

Mr Kyari confirmed the news in a statement on March 29, the same day President Buhari made his first nationwide broadcast on the pandemic and announced a two-week lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

In his statement, Mr Kyari revealed that he would be transferred to Lagos from the FCT for treatment and expressed the hope that he would recover and return to work soon.

At the time, Mr Kyari said he felt well and did not exhibit any signs of the disease, which has now infected 493 people in the country and claimed 17 lives, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

A Kanuri from Borno, Mr Kyari was one of President’s Buhari’s closest allies.

Appointed Chief of Staff in August 2015, he became considered one of the most influential and powerful members of the Buhari administration.

Kyari had a professional career as a lawyer and spent years in the banking industry, rising to become the Chief Executive Officer of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) at some point.

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