The remains of the late Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, have been laid to rest in Abuja.
Kyari, died on Friday after testing positive for the dreaded coronavirus.
He was buried on Saturday at the Gudu Cemetery, Abuja at about 11.20 am.
His interment took place shortly after an Islamic prayer was made for him at the Defence House, Maitama, Abuja.
The burial which was conducted under the supervision of the officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, was attended by top government officials.
As Chief of Staff to the President, Kyari was seen as the de-factor president, operating from the background. He wielded so much power and influence.
He was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in August 2015.
In a profile by Wikipedia, Kyari graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Warwick in 1980, and also received a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Cambridge. He was called to the Nigerian Bar after attending the Nigerian Law School in 1983.
He obtained a master’s degree in law from the University of Cambridge in 1984. And he later attended the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland and participated in the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School, in 1992 and 1994, respectively.
Kyari worked for the law, firm Fani-Kayode and Sowemimo for some time after his return to Nigeria. And from 1988 to 1990, he was editor with the New Africa Holdings Limited Kaduna.
In 1990, he served as a commissioner for forestry and animal resources in Borno state. From 1990 to 1995, Kyari was the secretary to the board of African International Bank Limited, a subsidiary of Bank of Credit and Commerce International.
He was an executive director in charge of management services at the United Bank for Africa, and was later appointed the chief executive officer.
In 2002, he was appointed a board director of Unilever Nigeria, and later served on the board of Exxon Mobil Nigeria.
Kyari wielded so much influence in the Buhari administration. During the administration’s first term, he worked mainly behind the scenes to implement the president’s agenda.
After his re-election in 2019, Buhari ordered his cabinet to channel all requests through Kyari’s office, further enhancing his influence within government circles.
He was labelled as the de-facto president.
In 2017, following a leaked memo, Kyari became embroiled in a public argument with the Head of Civil Service, who was later removed from office and arrested.
In 2020, in another leaked memo, Babagana Monguno the National Security Adviser accused Kyari of meddling in matters of national security.
Kyari was said to have died in a Lagos hospital on 17 April 2020, after testing positive for COVID-19.