Gov Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint a new Chief of Staff that can fill the vacuum created by the late 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.
The late 67-year-old lawyer, businessman and politician served President Muhammadu Buhari from 2015 till his death on Friday.
Abba Kyari tested positive to coronavirus on his return from Germany and subsequently died of the infection in Lagos.
His death has generated reactions and condolences from opposition parties and supporters in Nigeria.
The Former Chief of Staff was buried on Saturday at the Gudu Cemetery in Abuja.
Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, from Lokoja the Kogi capital, Bello said Kyari was a great technocrat and lawyer who was very passionate about Nigeria, adding that he has left a very big shoe.
He said: “We look at Abba Kyari as a patriot, a great diplomat, but he was never an ambassador, a great politician, but he never sought for any elective position, a great technocrat, and a great lawyer.
“Somebody who was very passionate about this country.
“He has done his part; he has made his contribution and left a very big shoe.
“I hope and pray that Mr. President will get somebody who can fill in this vacuum. We wish him eternal rest.”