National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has expressed sadness over the death of the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari.
Tinubu, in a condolence message released by his Media Office on Saturday in Lagos, described Kyari as “a man of accomplishment, whose death, due to the raging Coronavirus pandemic should not be in vain”.
The APC leader noted that though the nation was made sad and in mourning, he urged Nigerians to use Kyari’s demise and those of others fallen by the virus to strengthen the resolve in fighting the pandemic.
“The death came at a time the government is working assiduously to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.
“We must not allow the passing away of Malam Kyari and other Nigerians, who have lost their lives to this terrible disease to be in vain.
“I’m deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Malam Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to the President.
“He was an extremely able, loyal and talented man, who dedicated his considerable skills to the success of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari,” Tinubu said.
“Whatever someone will try to say about Malam Kyari, the words will prove insufficient.
“His influence in government and throughout the land was substantial and profound. He will surely be missed.
“My deepest condolences go to President Buhari, the people of Nigeria and especially, the family of Mallam Kyari over this tragic loss.
“May Almighty Allah comfort the president and the Kyari’s family at this difficult moment.”
Meanwhile, the APC leader has appealed to Nigerians to rededicate themselves to obeying public health measures, such as physical distancing so as to defeat the contagion and not fall to it.
“While we must maintain spatial distance from one another, we must yet come closer in the spirit of brotherly compassion and national purpose in order to defeat the threat we now face.”
1. I'm deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Malam Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to the President. He was an extremely able, loyal and talented man who dedicated his considerable skills to the success of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
— Bola Ahmed Tinubu (@AsiwajuTinubu) April 18, 2020