Just in: Mallam Abba kyari’s body laid to rest To rest today Saturday 18th Of April,2020

Just in: Mallam Abba kyari's body laid to rest To rest today Saturday 18th Of April,2020
Remains of Abba Kyari

The body of the late Chief of Staff to President Mohammadu Buhari, Mallam Abba Kyari, was flown into Abuja Saturday morning for interment through a Private Jet .

The body was received at the Nnamdi International Airport, located in Abuja by senior officials and personnel of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

The body arrived preparatory to its interment in a private ceremony in the Federal Capital Territory in accordance with Islamic rites.

Mallam Abba Kyari was reported to have contacted Corona virus on his tour to Germany and Egypt. He was also reported to have some sickness in his body already before contacting the virus in the month of march.

Mallam Abba Kyari, who died on Friday, April 17, 2020 of coronavirus, has been buried in Abuja today.

Sofo reports that Kyari was interred at exactly 11.20am at the military cemetery in Abuja’s Gudu neighbourhood amidst tears from family members and supporters.

Sofo discovered that the men who lowered the remains of Kyari were in full personal protective equipment as required by the ministry of health in the burial of COVID-19 victims.

Mallam Abba Kyari was born 17th November,1938. He was a Nigerian ArmyBrigadier who served as Governor of the now defunct north central StateNigeria after it was formed from the Northern Region during the military regime of General Yakubu Gowon. As an army officer Kyari had survived a mutiny by a battalion under his command in the aftermath of the July 1966 Nigerian counter-coup.

He subsequently rose to command the Nigerian Army’s 1 Brigade and then the army’s artillery branch. In July 1967 he was appointed governor of North-Central State under the military government of Yakubu Gowon. He held the position for seven years and implemented a masterplan for the development of the city of Kaduna.

He cautiously welcomed the return to civilian rule. Kyari later led the northern delegation of the 1994 National Constitutional Conference and chaired its National Defence Committee. After his retirement he was a director or chairman of several businesses in Nigeria.

Kyari led the Northern delegates to the 1994 National Constitutional Conference, and was appointed Chairman of the National Defence Committee of the conference. After retiring, he was appointed to the board of directors of First Bank of Nigeria, Standard Alliance Insurance and the Merchant Bank of Commerce. He became Chairman of Gamah Flour Mills and of Alif Engineering and Construction.

Kyari’s son is senator and chairman of the Nigerian Senate’s Committee on FCT, Abubakar Kyari. Kyari died on 17th April, 2020 at the age of 81. He was buried in Abuja on 18th April 2020.

Damilola Ogungbade

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