Former President Olusegun Obasanjo had written an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari over the death of his Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari.
A native of Borno State in the northeast. Kyari was a journalist and former banker, who held senior positions in some of the country’s banks.
In the letter by his spokesperson, Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo expressed sadness over the death of the late CoS.
He wrote: “I received the news of the demise of Alhaji Abba Kyari, your Chief of Staff, over Friday night, with great sadness, as he lost the battle against the dreadful killer disease, COVID-19.
“Abba Kyari’s death must be painful to you and to his family and friends, but you can all take solace in the fact that he died in harness, in the service of his country.
“His death must be a solemn reminder to all of us that COVID-19 requires all hands on deck soberly, cooperatively, humanly, humanely, justly, equitably, fairly, consolidatedly and comprehensively to be able to fight it successfully and to get all Nigerians back to good health and a healthy economy.
“God will give you and Abba Kyari’s family and friends the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. May Allah receive his soul.”