President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the loss of life of his longtime good friend and former Chief of Employees, Abba Kyari.
TO MY FRIEND, MALLAM ABBA KYARI
Mallam Abba Kyari, who died on 17th April, 2020, on the age of 67 from problems attributable to the Coronavirus, was a real Nigerian patriot. My loyal good friend and compatriot for the final 42 years – and latterly my Chief-of-Employees – he by no means wavered in his dedication to the betterment of each considered one of us.
He was solely in his twenties after we first met. A diligent scholar, quickly after he was blessed with the chance to review overseas – first at Warwick after which legislation on the College of Cambridge. However there was by no means any query Abba would convey his first-rate abilities and newly acquired world-class information again to Nigeria – which he did – instantly upon commencement.
While possessing the sharpest authorized and organisational thoughts, Abba’s true focus was at all times the event of infrastructure and the peace of mind of safety for the individuals of this nation he served so faithfully. For he knew that with out each in tandem there can by no means be the event of the respectful society and vibrant economic system that each one Nigerian residents deserve.
In political life, Abba by no means sought elective workplace for himself. Relatively, he set himself towards the view and conduct of two generations of Nigeria’s political institution – who noticed corruption as an entitlement and its apply a byproduct of possessing political workplace.
Turning into my Chief of Employees in 2015, he strove quietly and with none curiosity in publicity or private acquire to implement my agenda.
There are those that stated of him that he have to be secretive – as a result of he didn’t have a excessive public profile. However Abba was the alternative: he merely had no want, nor did he search, a budget gratification of the group; for him, there was nothing to be present in fashionable adulation. He secured as an alternative satisfaction and his reward solely and solely from the development of the governance of this nice nation.
Working, with out fail, seven days every week, he acted forcefully as an important gatekeeper to the presidency, making certain nobody – whether or not minister or governor had entry past one other – and that each one these representing and serving our nation had been handled equally.
He made clear in his individual and his apply, at all times, that each Nigerian – no matter religion, household, fortune or frailty – was heard and handled respectfully and the identical.
Mallam Abba Kyari was the perfect of us. He was product of the stuff that makes Nigeria nice. Relaxation In Peace, my dearest good friend.
To his loving spouse and doting household who survive him, I prolong my heartfelt sorrow at your loss.
President, Federal Republic of Nigeria
April 18, 2020