The chief of staff to the Nigerian president Abba Kyari is dead, this was announced by the presidential spokesmen Femi Adesina on Saturday morning. “Funeral arrangements to be announced soon,” he continued.

Garba Shehu, the special assistant on media and publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, said Kyari died on Friday.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, announced Mr Kyari’s death on Twitter.

Another of the President’s spokespersons, Mr Garba Shehu, who also tweeted about the development said Mr Kyari died on Friday.

 May God accept his soul.

Mr Kyari who was considered the president right hand man and possess a lot of influence within the Aso Rock presidential Villa, He is a Kanuri man from Borno State.

Prior to his venture into politics, Mr Kyari had a professional career as a lawyer and spent years in the banking industry, rising to become the Chief Executive Officer of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) at some point, he was then appointed Chief of Staff in August 2015.

News that Mr Kyari had tested positive for COVID-19 first broke on March 24, about 10 days after he returned from a trip to Germany during which he met with officials of Siemens in Munich on Nigeria’s electricity expansion programme.

Mr Kyari confirmed the news in a statement on March 29, the same day President Buhari made his first nationwide broadcast on the pandemic and announced a two-week lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

In his statement, Mr Kyari revealed that he would be transferred to Lagos from the FCT for treatment and expressed the hope that he would recover and return to work soon.

At the time, Mr Kyari said he felt well and did not exhibit any signs of the disease, which has now infected.

According to the Nigerian Centre for Disease and Control Fifty-one new cases of #COVID19 have been reported; 32 in Lagos, 6 in Kano,  5 in Kwara, 2 in FCT, 2 in Oyo, 2 in Katsina, 1 in Ogun and 1 in Ekiti

As at 10:10 pm 17th April there are 493 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria, with 17 death and 159 confrimed to have recorverd and discharged.