Many Nigerians regardless of their political persuasion have been paying tribute to the memory of the fallen Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari.
Kyari’s fight to overcome the deadly sting of the Coronavirus had ended Friday night.
Festus Keyamo, Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Productivity expressed regret over the demise of Kyari.
“When I chatted with him exactly on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, he assured me his health was fine and that he would faithfully take the treatments.
” But God always knows best. Sincere condolences to the Kyari family and the Government of Nigeria. Adieu Mallam Abba Kyari.
Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director of the NNPC said of a man who was widely regarded as his mentor, “May Allah forgive Mallam Abba Kyari and have mercy upon him.”
He described him as “a truly good man, profoundly faithful and loyal to our country.
“I condole with H.E @MBuhari, the Kyari family & all sympathizers”, former President Goodluck Jonathan said, “on the demise of Mallam Abba Kyari who until his death was  the Chief of Staff to the President of Nigeria.”
“May Allah grant him Al Jannah Firdaus & strengthen his family & friends during this moment of grief”, Jonathan prayed.
Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation in his reaction prayed for the repose of the soul of the late Chief of Staff.
He said it was sad that the country would lose such a seasoned administrator at this time.
“I join Nigerians, members of cabinet and staff of the presidency to mourn late Abba Kyari and pray for the repose of his soul. I also pray that his wife, Mrs. Kulu Abba Kyari, his family and loved ones find strength in this very trying time to bear this heavy loss,”
Warning on the danger posed by the Coronavirus,  Amaechi urged Nigerians to stay safe and adhere to instructions issued by appropriate authorities.
“As we have unfortunately experienced, the virus is no respecter of persons. Please adhere to the laid down health advisory, obey the restrictions and safety rules, so that together we can win this war, save more lives and come out stronger at the end of it all,” Amaechi emphasized.
Atiku Abubakar, a financial donor to the fight against COVID 19 whose son was afflicted by the virus remarked,  “I am saddened by the death of Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari. May Allah SWT comfort his family, forgive his sins and grant him AlJannah Firdaus.”
Reno Omokri, a one-time aide to President Goodluck Jonathan in his condolence message acknowledged Abba Kyari loved Nigeria.
“My sincere and heartfelt condolence go to the family of Mallam Abba Kyari, the late Chief of Staff to General @MBuhari, who has died at 81 from #CoronaVirus.
“He was one of the more effective and loyal members of Buhari’s kitchen cabinet. Whatever our differences, he loved Nigeria.”
Dr Fahad AL Taffaq, an ambassador serving in the country noted, “I learned with great sadness the demise of Mallam Abba Kyari. I knew him as a noble statesman who devoted his life to the prosperity of #Nigeria.
“May Allah SWT bestow mercy upon his soul. My sincere condolences to his family and the good people of Nigeria.”
The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu referred to the late Chief of Staff as a man who was dedicated to his country.
“Mallam Kyari was a dedicated, committed and patriotic citizen. He was a conscientious, cerebral and outstanding administrator whose life traversed the fields of law, journalism, banking and politics.
” His death is a great loss. May the Almighty grant his soul eternal rest.
Tolu Ogunlrsi, a presidential aide responsible for new media matters added, ” Rest in peace, Mallam Abba Kyari. May Allah grant him Jannatul Firdaus, and comfort his family, friends and loved ones. Amin.”
Meanwhile, the Governor of Rivers State, believed to be engaged in a battle with the Federal Government, has offered his condolences.
Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike said through his Commissioner for Information, Paulinus Nsirim that he was saddened by the death of Abba Kyari.
He said Kyari was an astute administrator and gentleman who was committed to the wellbeing of the country.
He condoled President Muhammadu Buhari and members of the Kyari family over the loss.
Recall that Primate Elijah Babatunde Ayodele, General Overseer of the Inri Evangelical Spiritual church with headquarters in Oke-Afa, Lagos had earlier predicted that someone high up in Aso Rock Villa would die.
On that occasion, the Rimate had said, “The spirit of God says that we should pray to rebuke all forms of tension in the Aso Rock Villa, and let the President pray not to lose any of his aides.”

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