The Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Abba Kyari, has died after he tested positive for COVID-19.
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, April 17, 2020.
News that Mr Kyari had tested positive for COVID-19 first broke on March 24, 2020, 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 was one of President’s Buhari’s closest allies.
Appointed Chief of Staff in August 2015, he became considered one of the most influential and powerful members of the Buhari administration.
Prior to his foray 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 died at age 81.