The Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari is dead, the presidency spokesman, Femi Adesina has confirmed.
Kyari died on Friday, April 17, 2020 from complications related to Coronavirus.
The top official aide to the President who was in his 70s had underlying health problems including diabetes.
“The Presidency regrets to announce the passage of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari,” said presidency spokesman Garba Shehu in a tweet on Friday.
“The deceased had tested positive to the ravaging COVID-19 and had been receiving treatment. But he died on Friday, April 17, 2020,” he said in a second post on Twitter. Spokesman Femi Adesina also confirmed the death.
Kyari travelled to Germany in early March with a delegation of other Nigerian officials for meetings with Siemens AG. He attended meetings with senior government officials upon his return to Nigeria.
He was the highest-profile death due to the disease in Nigeria which has 493 confirmed cases and 17 deaths, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.