The late Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, was hours from being discharged from the hospital on Friday before his condition unexpectedly took a twist and he never recovered, The Nation gathered on Sunday.
Kyari died at First Cardiology Consultants Hospital in Lagos on Friday from what the Lagos State government yesterday described as complications of Coronavirus infection.
Witnesses told The Nation yesterday of massive police presence at the private facility on the fateful day, apparently after he was certified dead.
Sources said Kyari had shown signs of recovery which was a sign that he could be discharged only for his condition to take a plunge.
It was learnt that he even received some members of his family Wednesday in the hospital and walked around his isolation area to show his fitness.
“It takes three days for the result to come out and we had to wait. It was when the result came back negative that they accepted to treat our relative.
“So, people are surprised to discover now that Mallam Kyari who was publicly known to have COVID-19 was admitted here.”
A security man corroborated the woman’s story, adding that they were yet to understand what happened yesterday.
“It is true we saw so many policemen who came inside two SUVs on Friday evening. But we do not know what they came for. This hospital is very big and those who come here are rich people. As I am out here, I do not know what transpires inside and I cannot go and ask questions that could be suspicious,” he said.
When our Correspondent contacted the hospital on telephone after access to the premises was denied, it denied Kyari died there.
“Abba Kyari neither received treatment nor died in our hospital,” a front desk worker who picked the telephone echoed.
EU, ECOWAS pay tribute
The Head of the EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS Ambassador Ketil Karlsen, said he was “deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Abba Kyari.
“My thoughts are with his family. He became a friend and was an inspiration with his passionate approach to development of Nigeria in general and the north in particular. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”
The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), in a statement by its Secretary-General, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, said Kyari was an excellent administrator.
It said: “The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, received the news of the death of Alh. Kyari with great shock.
“The late Chief of Staff was an excellent administrator who was committed to the overall development of the nation through dedicated and loyal service not only to President Muhammadu Buhari, but also to the Nigerian nation.
“The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs commiserates with the President and government of Nigeria on this grievous occasion.
“It is the prayer of the Ummah in Nigeria that Almighty Allah would grant the departed Chief of Staff Al-jannah Al-firdaus. Amin.”
On his part, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume yesterday commiserated with the family, the Presidency, the people of Borno and the nation at large over the death Malam Abba Kyari.
While submitting to the will of Allah, Senator Ndume described Malam Abba Kyari’s death as shocking.
He said: “His wise counsel will be missed at such trying times. The loss of Malam Kyari who died in active service is a national tragedy and his innumerable contribution to nation building will always be remembered.
“I pray to Allah to shower His mercy on the soul of the deceased and give his family, the Presidency, Borno and the nation the fortitude to bear the loss.”
He urged Nigerians to adhere to the rules and regulations of the much dreaded Covid-19 as released by the NCDC in other to ensure a healthy nation.
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