COVID 19: Obasanjo And Others React To The Death Of Kyari As Buhari Desribed Him a”Loyal And Dearest Friend”

By Elizabeth Chukwuma

The death of Abba Kyari, the former Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari from the dreaded Wuhan Town  in  Hebei Province of the Asian country  of China emerged Coronavirus appeared to have brought all the gladiators in  the ruling All progressive Congress, APC and the Opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP, political gladiators together.

In apparent reaction to the death of the former Chief of Staff, who was larger than life because of his perceived  role in the Presidency that earned him the accolade as the ’’Head of the Cabal’’, Olusegun Obasanjo , a former President and an  elder Statesman had asked the Katsina state born Nigerian President to ‘’take solace  in the fact that he died  in the service of the country’’.

 He had led a Nigerian delegation to Germany , one of  the COVID 19 infested  European countries  to hold discussions with officials of Siemens at the instance of the President over the implementation of the country roadmap on power modernization which had been phased into three  aimed at ensuring stable power supply as obtained in Germany , South Africa and other parts of the world.

President Muhammadu Buhari

 The Kyari led delegation that  had travelled to the  Angela Merkel, home country at a time the World  Health Organisation , WHO, had  advised member nations to maintain their social distance and avoid mass  gatherings to defeat the disease, according to energy experts was necessary to strengthen out things.

Going by the agreement, the first phase of the power supply programme  was for the Germany Company to facilitate  power  generation in the country to reach at least five megawatts, followed by the generation of seven mega watts and then 11 megawatts by 2023.  This may have informed why Obasanjo said he died for the service of his father land and have no option but to condole his erstwhile sworn enemy, Buhari  over  the painful death.

The former President may have spoken his mind when he told the President in his Condolence letter”: Abba kyari’s death must be painful to you. He may have  hit the nail on the head because Kyari , means many things to the him and was a match to those who are  opposed to him  both within and out outside the APC.

Obasanjo: Called For All Hands To Be On Deck With The Death Of Kyari

He noted that  the  death must be  a ‘’solemn reminder to all Nigerians that COVID 19 requires  all hands  to be on deck, soberly, cooperatively, humanely, justly, equitably, fairly, consolidatedly  and comprehensively’’ to be able  to fight  the disease successfully and get the country  back  to normalcy Already the Private sector Coalition  made up of Aliko Dangote, President Dangote Group of Companies, Tony Elumelu, founder Tony Elumelu Foundation and Group Chairman, United Bank for Africa, plc, Jim Ovia, Zenith Bank and several other billionaires in the country have raised N25 billion to support the government efforts in the fight against the disease which had infected 543 patients as at Sunday, April 19, 2020.

Godluck  Jonathan, the immediate past President was said to have also condoled Buhari  on the death of the former Chief of Staff. AAtiku Abubakar, a former Vice President and Presidential Candidate of the PDP, in the 2019, Presidential election, said ‘’he was saddened by the news of the death  of the Borno state born politician and former  Chief of  Staff .

  He had   prayed  that ’’God should forgive him his sins and grant him eternal peace’’. Ahmad Lawan, Senate President and Buhari political ally, was said to have  asked God to ’’forgive him his shortcomings’’.

The three  political  big wigs would have preferred  to pay a condolence visit to the President and his family at the Presidential Villa but could not do  so. This is  because of the Nigerian Center for Disease Control, NCDC, and ministry of Health protocol on burial of Coronavirus victims.

 Chikwe Ihekweazu, the NCDC, Director General , may have  known that friends and political Associates of the late Chief of Staff might want to take advantage of his burial ceremony at Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, to pay a Condolence visit to  the family and the Presidency that he had reiterated the need   for Nigerians ’ to refrain from attending mass gatherings to prevent  the further spread of the COVID 19’’.

It is not surprising why Garba Shehu, a senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity had reminded sympathizers that  the Presidency may not be willing to receive  condolence visits to the late Chief of Staff family. He was very emphatic that  the  decision  was  in strict observations of the NCDC and ministry of Health protocol for burial of  Conavirus victims.

Note that Obasanjo, Jonathan, Atiku  and lawan, the Senate President could have loved to be at the Villa to see the President and have a word with him over the death of his close friend and political ally but to shelve it.

Political Observers, however, believe that even without the NCDC and the ministry of  Health  protocol, the President could not have been in the mood  to receive  the political heavy weights at the Villa because of the  shock over the death of  the former Chief Staff, described in political circles as a very ’ loyal political appointee who believes  in  his boss’’.

Buhari  confirmed the general opinion about their close relationship  when he broke his silence on Saturday, April 18, 2020. ‘’Abba Kyari was not secretive as alleged but  he  simply had no need or did not seek, the cheap gratification of the crowd’’, he had said. Describing the late former Chief of Staff as a loyal friend compatriot for the last 42 years, he  disclosed that he ‘’never wavered in his commitment to the betterment  of everyone one of us’’.

The President may have given reason why he had a good working relationship  with  Kyari while alive.’’Working, without fail, seven days each and every week’’, stressing that he ’’acted forcefully  as a crucial gatekeeper to the Presidency, ensuring that  no one , whether minister or governor had access beyond another and that all those  representing  and serving the country are treated equally’’, he had said.

 He has set an agenda for the next polititical appointee that would occupy the office of the  Chief of Staff in the Presidency  to endeavour to have the stuff of Late Kyari , aimed at improving governance and making Nigeria great. ‘’Rest in Peace, my dearest friend’’, he had concluded his epithet on Kyari.   

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