THE Enugu State Government, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, have joined other individuals and organizations in the flood of condolence messages to President Muhammadu Buhari over the death of his Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari.
In his official Twitter handle, for president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, @GEJonathan, prayed that “Allah grant him Al Jannah Friday’s & strengthen his family & friends during this moment of grief.”
The apex socio-cultural organization of the Igbo, Ohanaeze Ndigbo in its condolence message renewed its call on the fight against COVID-19, insisting that that the nation must pull all stops in checking the the dreaded coronavirus.
The President-General of Ohanaeze, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, in a statement by his media adviser, Emeka Attamah, stated that the fact that Kyari’s death was due to complications from COVID-19, calls for a strong response by government.
He said: “The virus is not a city case alone anymore, it has crept into communities, making it more ominous and dangerous.
“By the death of Kyari, all Nigerians should now understand that nobody, both high and low, is exempted from this ravaging pandemic and should observe strictly all precautionary measures put in place, especially social distancing.”
In a statement, the Secretary to the Enugu State Government (SSG), Prof. Simon Ortuanya, commiserated with the Kyari family, Federal Executive Council (FEC), and the Borno State Government,describing the late Chief of Staff as “a dedicated and loyal presidential aide,” who “discharged his duties with great commitment and selflessness.”
Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, noted on his Twitter handle @realFFK that, “I have lost a friend of 40 years….Abba was a good man: a man of honor & loyal friend. May his soul Rest In Peace.”
Former governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for Enugu, in the 2019 elections, Senator Ayogu Eze, praised Kyari for his commitment to the Nigerian project, “risking his life on the mission to make Nigeria great by improving power supply in the country.”
He prayed God to give President Buhari the wisdom to appoint another God-fearing and clear-headed Nigerian to continue in the footsteps of the late Chief of Staff.
According to Eze, “The positive tributes shows that Kyari was an unsung hero, who carried on his duty without seeking accolades, rather remaining committed on delivering president’s transformation agenda for Nigeria.”
Senator Uche Ekwunife (Anambra Central Senatorial District)n her condolence message described of “Kyari as a huge loss to the nation.”
She said that his death from COVID-19, will certainly renew the debate on the need to rebuild the health sector, seeing how Kyari dedicated his life to hard work and sincerity of purpose.
The nation lost an astute technocrat, and it is ironic that “we lost him at a time like this when Nigeria is passing through this pandemic, where his wealth of experience is needed,” she said.