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Police nab Kano Gov aspirant for impersonating Abba Kyari’s widow

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A self-proclaimed politician an Kano governorship aspirant, Mallam Aminu Ado, 58, has been arrested by the Police for impersonating the widow of the late Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.

Kano governorship ‘aspirant’ arrested for impersonating late Abba Kyari widow
Spokesperson of the Nigeria Police Force, DCP Frank Mba, who paraded him before newsmen on Monday, June 22, said after the death of the former chief of staff, Ado who is also known as Al Amin Yerima, went on to impersonate the widow and reached out to prominent Nigerians asking for donations to enable him organize special prayers for the soul of the departed.

“In the course of doing that some of the prominent Nigerians became suspicious and reached out to us. He has been cooperative with the investigation and held back no facts. He is 58 years old. He had also had a stint with EFCC in 2019. He was charged to an Abuja High Court and was convicted and imprisoned for three months as a result of the plea bargain he successfully initiated by his lawyers,” Mba said


According to Mba, Ado had an app on his phone that changed his voice to a woman’s voice, which he used to perpetuate the criminal act.

When he was arrested, Ado claimed he was a family friend and was trying to organize a prayer for the soul of the departed. He however could not explain why he had to pretend to be a woman to solicit for assistance. He admitted he did it without the consent of the family.

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Among those he contacted so he could swindle were the Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong; the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; and the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed.

He told the police that he knew these people very well as he was a politician and they have been talking.

“I am a politician and I have the ambition of being governor of Kano State 2023 insha allah,” he confidently said.


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Tension as Buhari probe office of Kyari, Osinbajo, Others


Presidency aides silent amid intrigues
A wave of apprehension is sweeping through Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as President Muhammadu Buhari begins a probe into the office of the late Chief of Staff Abba Kyari. The investigation may lead to all appointments and approvals made by Kyari without Buhari’s permission being cancelled.

This is as pundits said the volte face by the president in directing a reversal of over 100 decisions by Kyari could create more problems than it is trying to solve.

Also, a source within the Presidential Villa suggested that the power block that produced the new Chief of Staff Ibrahim Gambari might be the force fighting back.
Sleep might have already begun eluding many officials in the MDA’s on account of contracts okayed without Buhari’s approval. If this is what the president is targeting with a view to shoring up his sagging profile, analysts say trouble looms for those who cut illegal deals with the late CoS.

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Though no reason was given for the president’s action, reports suggested no less than 150 memos that didn’t have his authorisation may have been uncovered.
Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Femi Adesina declined to confirm or refute the report. “I’ve seen your text. I’ve seen your text,” he simply said and ended the call. Also, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu did not reply to a text message seeking a confirmation on the development.

Sources told NobleReporters yesterday that the directive might just be a continuation of the bickering that produced a deep crack within the ranks of the president’s men last February.

The first sign that all was not okay within Buhari’s inner cabinet emerged in December 2019 when National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno wrote a memo to the president alleging interference by Abba Kyari. He accused the late Kyari of usurping presidential powers and directed service chiefs to ignore instructions by the latter.

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Monguno’s account of a connection between Kyari’s alleged ‘meddlesomeness’ and an acute spectre of insecurity that had gripped the country was contained in a series of confidential circulars he addressed to top administration officials on national security.

The NSA also accused the chief of staff of sidestepping the president’s directive, to impose his own decision for implementation; a claim some analysts said was all but a direct accusation of treason against Kyari.

The revelations, first published by an online portal, appeared to undercut an integral aspect of the president’s response to critics: that there is unity among security chiefs towards the common interest of defeating terrorists and armed bandits, rather than an admission of clumsiness or crack in his team.

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In media interviews after the memo leaked, Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai said insecurity was being confronted across board in the Buhari administration. But Monguno’s memo showed he and other service chiefs had been taking controversial orders from Kyari, despite warnings from the NSA that such a practice was not only unconventional but also in violation of the constitution.

The first signs of war between the NSA and the CoS, two of Buhari’s most powerful aides, was the open letter which revealed both men locked in a bitter confrontation amid raging insecurity.

Perhaps the most potent of allegations raised against the chief of staff by the NSA at the time was that he had been flagrantly discarding decisions already taken by the president and imposing his own recommendation(s).Observers saw this as a jarring allegation bordering on treasonable felony.

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Since Buhari settled down in office in 2015, Kyari’s role as the chief of staff made him, perhaps, the most-courted associate of the president, arguably more than the president’s wife and other family members.

The chief of staff’s influence exposed him to some of the worst scandals of the administration. Shortly after telecoms giant, MTN, was slammed with a record fine in 2015, Kyari was the one who allegedly played the middleman in negotiating the fines, a role that threw up allegations of fraud when the scandal broke.

An MTN official who allegedly played a key role in the negotiation was said to have lost her job amid the controversy. But Kyari held on to his position, going forward to take part in bigger deals on government’s behalf. Kyari’s influence was also a matter of serious concern for Aisha Buhari, the president’s wife, who had repeatedly lashed out at the chief of staff for allegedly ‘caging’ her husband and making her redundant in the government.

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Last November, another online newspaper reportedly obtained documents showing Kyari overriding Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on a crucial decision on RUGA projects, a series of economic palliatives designed to curtail the herdsmen crisis. It was unclear when President Buhari began his friendship with Kyari, but there is little question that it remained deep and robust since 2015.

When the president was re-elected in 2019, he issued a directive to all his appointees to clear files and memos through Kyari on any matter that required presidential attention. The president did not even single out his vice president as an exception to that restriction.

Monguno’s argument in his memo was that the chief of staff did not swear to a constitutional oath and should, therefore, not be seen issuing directives that carry serious implications for the nation. When it comes to national security, Kyari’s job “stops at conveying Mr. President’s written directives,” the NSA argued.

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Kyari, according to those conversant with the inner workings of Aso Villa, had his hand in every pie, because he was “leveraging his sound education, brilliant intellect and experience in bureaucracy and business.”

One of the areas, which was used to criticise Kyari’s competence, was his stint at the failed Africa International Bank (AIB), which he presided over. His political opponents tried to define the late CoS as the architect of the negative public perception of the Buhari administration. They also contended that although every government throughout history is wont to harbour a kitchen cabinet, caucus or cabal, “the remarkable distinction is whether the kitchen cabinet is public-spirited or self-centered.”


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Update: Why Buhari Appoints Gambari As CoS. [Nigeria]

.. Tinubu Sanwo-Olu, others optimistic on governance
.. CUPP urges caution over appointment


The newly appointed Chief of Staff to the President (CoS), Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, yesterday declared he was picked for the job because President Muhammadu Buhari needs his competence and loyalty to succeed.

Asked what Nigerians should expect from him as Chief of Staff, Gambari told reporters at the Presidential Villa in Abuja: “We have not started. I’ll have to find out. I don’t report directly to the nation, I report to the president.”

He said he would be offering his “loyalty, competence and support” to the president, adding that as the chief of staff, his guiding principle would be “to serve the president to the best of my ability.”

Buhari formerly announced Gambari as the chief of staff shortly before the commencement of the resumed Federal Executive Council (FEC). During the session, a moment of silence was observed in honour of some deceased members of FEC at various times including a former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, the late Chief Richard Akinjide and the late Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari.

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Gambari, Nigeria’s former permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) arrived at the Villa at 10:40 a.m. and was received by senior presidency officials including the director of protocol, Alhaji Yakubu Ahmed and the permanent secretary, State House, Mallam Tijani Umar.

Also present were the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs (Office of the Vice President) Amb. Abdullahi Gwari and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media, Mallam Garba Shehu.

Reactions, meanwhile, have been trailing the appointment of Gambari, with the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Ahmed Tinubu saying: “At this time when the entire world is combating the coronavirus pandemic and the economic consequences thereof, Prof. Gambari’s expertise and international reputation will help Nigeria galvanise national, regional and international efforts and resources to contain this viral menace and advance Nigeria’s interests on other important matters.”

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in a statement affirmed: “Indeed, Prof. Gambari ticks all the boxes as a round peg in a round hole. The APC is confident that Gambari, a prince of Ilorin Emirate, will bring to bear his scholarly intellect, international network, professional and administrative experience in ensuring the smooth running of the office of the president and support the government to provide good governance and successfully deliver the Next Level programmes for the benefit of Nigerians.”

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said he had no doubt that the “appointment is a major win for the presidency and the nation as a whole, especially coming at a time when Nigeria is confronting a major challenge with global outlook.”

He added: “The choice of Prof. Gambari as successor to the late Mallam Abba Kyari is commendable. Gambari is not just an academic or a diplomat; he is a fine gentleman, a decent Nigerian who epitomises the Nigerian dream.”

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On his part, Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq said: “The appointment is clearly fit for purpose and is deserving for our own Prof. Gambari whose record of service as a diplomat and global statesman is unblemished.”

AbdulRazaq, who is the governor of Gambari’s home state, prayed to God to protect the CoS on the “delicate national assignment.”

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello noted: “Just as the late Chief of Staff Abba Kyari played a prominent role in the success of the Buhari administration, your coming in to fill the vacuum will further add more colour to the administration’s achievements.”

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Bello’s Yobe State counterpart, Mai Mala Buni said he was optimistic that Gambari would deploy his wealth of experience to bring good governance to bear on the Buhari administration.

According to a former national secretary of the Labour Party and constitutional lawyer, Dr Kayode Ajulo, “Prof. Gambari is a core technocrat with robust wealth of experience. We expect nothing else than those lofty ideas on good governance as being promoted by the UN and the Prof. Gambari-Albright Commission.” He further prayed that the “appointment comes with the much-needed additional expertise and sanity in the country’s seat of power.”

The Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) also praised the choice of the new CoS, saying: “YCE is convinced that the appointment of Prof. Gambari is indicative of President Buhari’s determination to run a people-centered progressive administration that will command the respect of the international community.”

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The Joint Action Committee of Northern Youths Association (JACOM) noted: “We have no doubt in our minds that his huge experience as a seasoned diplomat, his wisdom and guidance, will help the administration strive to much greater heights in delivering the dividends of democracy to ordinary Nigerians, especially the teeming youth of this great country.”

But the opposition group, the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), said it was welcoming the appointment with caution. “We shall watch him closely as he resumes duty at the Presidential Villa. We shall hold him responsible for all his actions and judge him by them,” the coalition said.

Explaining its cautious stance, CUPP said it “is not unaware of the fact that Prof. Gambari is a die-hard agent of the late military dictator, Sani Abacha, and did everything on earth to defend the numerous atrocities of the Abacha regime while serving as General Abacha’s UN representative, including supporting the evil execution of the late activist, Ken Saro Wiwa, and the annulment of June 12 election.”

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It added: “In the meantime, the CUPP is calling on Prof. Gambari to use the experience he has garnered on the global stage for years to assist the country and to pull out his boss, the president, from the deep pit of incompetence where he has sunk.

“We remind him that with his new appointment, he has been placed in a strategic position to help re-direct the nation from the path of destruction which his boss has been moving it to.”

Also, a former deputy national publicity secretary of the APC, Timi Frank, urged Gambari not to toe what he termed “the usual path of Villa cabal.”

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“I urge you on behalf of Nigerians to bring your wealth of experience and fatherly disposition to unite the country as you carry on your duties as the chief of staff to the president.

“It is a fact that you are not the president but I believe you can influence people-oriented policies in order to ameliorate the hardship in the country. Be the people’s chief of staff.”


#Newsworthy…

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Update: Ibrahim Gambari breaks silent on CoS Appointment. [Nigeria]

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The new Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, has made it clear his primary allegiance would be to President Muhammadu Buhari and not the public.

Gambari stated this while speaking to State House correspondents on Wednesday, shortly after his appointment was made official.

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He thanked Buhari for deeming him worthy to serve in the new capacity and promised to serve to the best of his ability.

“I thank the President of the Federal Republic for giving me the opportunity to serve him and of course, the country,” he said.

Asked what Nigerians should expect from him as Chief of Staff, he said “we have not started, I’ll have to find out. I don’t report directly to the nation, I report to the President.”

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Gambari also assured Buhari of his loyalty, competence and support”.

He added that his guiding principle would be “to serve the President to the best of his ability”.


#Newsworthy…

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Buhari finds better replacement for late Abba Kyari.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed renowned diplomat and former Minister of External Affairs, Professor Ibrahim Gambari as his new Chief of Staff.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr. Boss Mustapha announced the appointment before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.

Following his appointment, Professor Gambari has arrived at the Presidential Villa for the FEC meeting which is presided by President Muhammadu Buhari and has Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in attendance.

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Other ministers at the meeting include, Ministers of information and Culture, Transport, Solid minerals, Power, Agriculture, and Budget and National planning are physically in the meeting while the remaining cabinet members will join the meeting virtually.

Professor Ibrahim Gambari Arrives At Aso Rock For FEC Meeting
Professor Gambari replaces the former Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, who died on April 17, 2020, due to complications from coronavirus (COVID-19).

He served as the Minister for External Affairs between 1984 and 1985.

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He held several leadership positions at the national and international levels and has built extensive contacts with governments, as well as public and private institutions, especially in Africa.

The 75-year-old diplomat was also the Chairman of the United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid (1990-1994).

The new Chief of Staff also served as Under-Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs between 2005 and 2007.

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Professor Gambari attended the Provincial (now Government) Secondary School, Ilorin before proceeding to the Floreat Collegium Kings College, Lagos.

He received his BSc (Econs) degree from the London School of Economics (1968) and his MA and PhD in Political Science/International Relations (1970, 1974) from Columbia University, USA.

Professor Gambari has taught at universities in the United States, Nigeria, and Singapore and has to his credit the authorship of a number of books.

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He has received several academic and national honours, including the “Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria” (CFR), and the “Order of the Champion of the Oliver R. Tambo” (OCORT) of South Africa.

He is the Pioneer Chancellor of the Kwara State University (KWASU), Ilorin, Nigeria, as well as the current Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of Bayero University, Kano (BUK).


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Nigerians misinterpreted my Dad – Abba Kyari’s daughter

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Aisha Kyari has stated that the political influence of her father, the late Chief of Staff to the president, Abba Kayri, was wrongly interpreted by many Nigerians.

She stated this in a tribute shared to her father titled ‘My daddy, my best friend’.

“My dad had almost everything that most people yearned for. Professional success, financial security – his needs were basic – and towards the end, political influence albeit nowhere near as much as many Nigerians think,” she wrote.

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“But the true measure of a man particularly in the eyes of God is in his kindness, selflessness, loyalty, generosity, and humility. And with all these virtues as yardsticks, he truly was immeasurable.”

She also wrote: “…My dad as Chief of Staff was an accomplished javelin catcher. But he was also much more than that. He was also a lightning conductor, bomb-proof and bullet-proof vest combined. For many Nigerians, if waves from the Atlantic Ocean claimed an inch of Victoria Island, they were sent by Abba Kyari or if a child fell off his bicycle, it was Abba Kyari!”

Aisha said she was among several others who unsuccessfully tried to get her father to “respond to the more preposterous and spurious allegations but he never did.”

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She also revealed that her father never learnt how to drive.

“This may sound odd but my beloved daddy couldn’t drive a car! He never learnt how to drive for a day in his entire life,” she wrote.


#Newsworthy…

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[Nigeria] Abba Kyari’s daughter in trouble.

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Aisha Abba-Kyari is presently receiving knocks on social media following her outburst on Monday.

Aisha, who is one of the four children of the late Chief of Staff of the President, Major General Mohammadu Buhari (retd.), Abba Kyari, took to Instagram to vent her anger at what Nigerians on social media had meted out to her father even in death.

Aisha also fired at Peter Okoye’s wife, Lola Omotayo.

With the username crackeddiamond, she didn’t expect what followed suit.

From every of her post, trolls took over and must have inflicted emotional blows on the young woman.

Aisha, whose appointment at the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority in 2019 attracted much furore, had been dealt many blows than her father’s death.

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Reminding her of her cosmopolitan lifestyle, which were depicted in her photos (most of which were taken abroad) many of the followers asked Aisha if she ever labored to get what she is enjoying.

Many trolls cursed the memories of the late Chief of Staff and not a few made her know that “Abba Kyari would not rest in peace as long as Nigeria’s unrest remains.”

Her father, the late Borno-born Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, Kyari died of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on April 17 in Lagos, though he had underlying health conditions.

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His death was announced by the Presidency through the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

His remains were interred on Saturday April 18, 2020 at the Gudu Cemetery in Abuja.


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[Nigeria] Minister of Education may replace Abba Kyari as ‘Chief of Staff’.


If appointed, Adamu will replace Abba Kyari, who was announced dead on Friday.

Kyari, who had a history of diabetes and was in his 70s, died at a private hospital in Lagos on owing to complications from Coronavirus.

A top government source, who spoke with media, said the President would have wanted Babagana Kingibe but was prevailed upon to drop him.

Recall that NobleReporters had few hours after Kyari’s death, disclosed that Kingibe was scheming to become Buhari’s Chief of Staff.

The source however, said, “The President actually wanted Kingibe but a lot of people prevailed upon him to drop the idea as Kingibe was not trustworthy as he betrayed and abandoned both his previous principals Abiola and Yaradua in their hours of need.”

The announcement of Adamu’s appointment as new COS is expected to happen soon.


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SGF apologize for COVID-19 violation protocols during Abba Kyari’s burial. [Nigeria]


SGF Apologises For Violations Of COVID-19 Protocols During Abba Kyari’s Burial
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Updated April 20, 2020

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The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, has apologised over violations that took place during the burial of the late Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, in Abuja on Saturday.

Mr Mustapha who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation says it is regrettable that social distancing was not observed during the burial.

He made the apology during the daily briefing by the task force.

“The PTF recognises, regrettably, the unintentional violation of the principles and protocols that form the core of our message to Nigerians at the funeral of the late chief of staff,” the SGF said.

“These principles, for emphasis, include the guidance provided on mass gatherings, social distancing, personal hygiene, and restriction of movement. Lessons have been learnt and appropriate measures have been taken to close all gaps.”

Many people have turned out for the burial of the late Kyari on Saturday, milling together for prayers and at his graveside.

The development sparked outrage among Nigerians as several guidelines put in place by the government to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic were violated.

Many people took to social media to condemn the move and demand action with the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control putting out a message after the burial to remind people about the importance of avoiding mass gatherings.

The situation was worsened after a video emerged showing that one of the men who helped bury the SGF dumped his protective clothing in public. Amid calls for the man to be identified, isolated and prosecuted, the area was later decontaminated.

Mr Kyari, one of President Muhammadu Buhari’s closes allies, had died on Friday after battling COVID-19 for more than two weeks. He was 67.

In apologising for the violations at his funeral, the SGF paid tribute to the late Kyari, saying, “He was fully committed to ensuring Nigeria responded effectively to the challenge of COVID-19 and he died in the line of duty.

“We will always remember his robust efforts, his dedication, and unwavering commitment to strengthening Nigeria’s capacity to manage the impact of this pandemic.”

In honour of Mr Kyari and all those who have lost their lives to COVID-19, Mr Mustapha said the task force has resolved to remain focused on the response to the pandemic.


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Why we were banned from entering Aso Rock – Garba Shehu.


Mr Garba Shehu has reacted to certain reports making the rounds regarding some persons in the Presidency being barred from entering the Aso Rock Villa.

Following the circumstances surrounding the death of Abba Kyari, some persons who attended the burial of the late chief of staff were asked to distance themselves from Aso Rock.

Shedding light on the situation, Mr Garba Shehu stated that there is nothing special about people being barred from entering the villa after attending Abba Kyari’s funeral.

The senior special assistant on media and publicity to the president, said on Sunday that the only reason some top government officials were denied access to the presidential villa after they attended the burial was in line with guidelines put in place by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

According to a series of tweets on Sunday, Mr Shehu said the action was part of regulations put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“There is nothing extraordinary about those of us who attend Abba Kyari’s funeral being advised to distance ourselves from the Villa.

“This is in line with the standard rules put in place by the National Center for Disease Control, @NCDCgov and the Federal Ministry of Health. You do these things to stop the spread of #Coronavirus.

“For the most part, the Villa has operated digitally in the last few weeks so there is really nothing new to this,” Garba Shehu stated.

Mr Abba Kyari, the late chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, died of complications from COVID-19 on Friday.

He was buried on Saturday at Gudu Cemetry in Abuja according to Islamic rites.


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Photo: Who do you feel will success Abba Kyari as Chief of staff. [Nigeria]


Tobi Aworinde

The death of Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), weeks after the senior presidential aide’s infection with coronavirus, has undoubtedly created a void in the upper echelons of the current regime.
Based on their antecedents as some of Buhari’s closest associates, the following are the probable candidates for Kyari’s replacement. According to government officials, any of these associates could land the top job.he death of Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), weeks after the senior presidential aide’s infection with coronavirus, has undoubtedly created a void in the upper echelons of the current regime.

Muhammad Bello

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Alhaji Muhammad Bello, who hails from Adamawa State, was born on January 8, 1959.

An alumnus of the prestigious Barewa College, Zaria, the minister is a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained a BSc. in Management with bias for Banking and Finance in 1980, as well as MBA in the same field.

Bello was in charge of credit and marketing at the ICON Merchant Bank Plc and later a director at Habib Bank Plc and several other firms.

Adamu Adamu

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu is an accountant, writer, former journalist and public analyst.

Adamu Adamu was appointed as Minister of Education by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015. He studied Accountancy at the Ahmadu Bello University.

Upon receiving his university degree, Adamu was hired as an accountant at CCP, and then continued to work at the CNL in Bauchi State, before joining the local government in the same position.

Adamu began a career as a writer and a public analyst, later emerging a newspaper editor in 1984 and becoming a columnist for Daily Trust. His articles were also syndicated in several news outlets, including the London-based Crescent International.

Isa Pantami

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami, hails from Pantami District of Gombe State. Pantami lectured at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in Information Technology before joining the Islamic University of Madinah as Head of Technical Writing in 2014.

In 2016, he was appointed as the Director General/CEO of the National Information Technology Development Agency.

He attended Federal University of Technology, Bauchi (popularly known as Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University) where he obtained a BTech in Computer Science in 2003. He also obtained an MSc in Computer Science in 2009 and an MBA in Technology Management 2011 session from the same University.

Pantami also holds a PhD in Computer Information Systems and Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, United Kingdom.

Hameed Ali

The Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali, was born in Dass, Bauchi State on January 15, 1955.

Ali was commissioned in 1977 after he received his training at the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna. He attended Sam Houston State University, Texas from 1984 to 1988 and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Criminology, and an educational certificate from the Nigeria Defence Academy.

After retirement, he became secretary of the apex northern sociopolitical group, Arewa Consultative Forum.

Ali is an All Progressives Congress member. He supported Buhari’s presidential bids from 2003 to 2019. On 27 August, 2015, Buhari appointed him the CG of Customs.

Kashim Shetimma

Kashim Shettima was born in Maiduguri, Borno State. He earned a BSc in Agricultural Economics from University of Maiduguri in 1989 and an MSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan in 1991. Shettima joined the University of Maiduguri as a lecturer with the Department of Agricultural Economics and was in the academia from 1991 to 1993.

In 2011, he was elected governor of Borno State on the platform of the now defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party. In February 2019, he was elected the senator for Borno Central.

Babagana Kingibe

Ambassador Babagana Kingibe was born on June 25, 1945 in Borno. In 1960, he got a government scholarship to complete his Ordinary Levels and Advanced Levels at Bishop’s Stortford College, United Kingdom. In 1965, he received his bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Sussex.

In 1965, he returned to Nigeria and was employed as a researcher at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria.

He was appointed the Ambassador to Greece, Cyprus and later Pakistan between 1981 and 1985. In 1986, Kingibe became a permanent secretary in the presidency of General Ibrahim Babangida.

Kingibe also served from October 2002 to September 2006 as the Special Envoy of the African Union to Sudan and subsequently Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission and head of the African Union Mission in Sudan.

In June 2007, he was appointed Secretary to the Government of the Federation


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Presidency – It would be wrong flogging overcrowded people at Abba Kyari’s funeral [Nigeria]


The Presidency has reacted after many people attended the burial rites of former Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mallam Abba Kyari at the Gudu Cemetery, Abuja.

Speaking to reporters, Garba Shehu, the President’s aide on Media and Publicity, said there was nothing they could do to bar the crowd.

Shehu said they did not invite the crowd at the funeral and could not have invited soldiers to flog and chase them away.

He explained further that the burial was delayed in their attempt to maintain social distancing but had to proceed as more people kept trooping to the cemetery.

“Was there any invitation for the public to come for the burial? Go back to my Twitter handle and read what I posted. From 10am, when we picked up the body at the airport, we sent a message out that the funeral will be private and that the public should please go and pray for Abba Kyari.

“We also said no condolence visits to the President and family. What can we do? Are we going to invite soldiers to flog people who came to pay their last respect to the man?

“We didn’t invite people. We were trying to move people back and observe social distancing and it was delaying the funeral. We just have to do it because people are not ready to leave. What are we going to do?” he asked.


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[Nigeria] NO condolence visit for Abba KYARI – FG


The remains of the late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Abba Kyari, being brought in an ambulance to the Defence House in Abuja on April 18, 2020.

The Presidency has announced that there will be no condolence visits to the family of the late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Abba Kyari.

The Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, said this in a series of tweets on Saturday, shortly after the remains of Mr Kyari arrived at the Defence House in Abuja for his burial.

“We just received the body of Abba Kyari, the deceased Chief of Staff the President in Abuja. In strict observation of the protocol put in place for the burial of Coronavirus victims by the NCDC, and the Federal Ministry of Health, the funeral prayer and burial will be private.

“Thereafter, there will be no such ceremonies as condolence visits.

“Well-meaning friends, family members and the general public are encouraged to pray for the repose of Abba Kyari’s soul,” Shehu wrote.

Abba Kyari’s remains set for burial at the Gudu Cemetery in Abuja on April 18, 2020.

See more photos of him being laid to rest in Abuja, here

The news of Kyari’s death was announced by both Mr Garba and another presidential aide, Mr Femi Adesina, in the early hours of today.

According to them, he died on Friday, April the 17th.

Mr Kyari’s remains were brought in an ambulance to the Defence House in Abuja, where family members, as well as his colleagues, gathered to pay their last respect.

He was eventually laid to rest at the Gudu Cemetery.

News that the Chief of Staff 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.

He later confirmed the news himself, 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 the 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, he said he felt well and did not exhibit any signs of the disease, which has now infected 493 people in the country and claimed 17 lives, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

A Kanuri from Borno, 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.


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[Nigeria] Commissioner Got Sacked After Jubilating Abba Kyari’s DEATH.


The Governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has sacked a commissioner in the state for rejoicing over the death of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.

Ganduje on Saturday sacked the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Muazu Magaji for jubilating over Kyari’s death on Facebook. This was confirmed via a statement signed by Muhammad Garba, the state commissioner for information. Garba stated that the removal of Magaji was in line with the laws of the state.

“The action of a public servant, personal or otherwise reflects back on the government and therefore, the Ganduje administration would not tolerate people in official capacities engaging in personal vendetta or otherwise,” the statement read.


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Nigerian Presidency, Buhari mourn Abba Kyari’s death.


President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the death of his Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, as an inevitable will of God.

The President’s thoughts on the demise of his right-hand-man was disclosed in a media chat by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.

Mallam Shehu, who spoke at the graveside of Kyari, said President Buhari, being a religious person, had accepted the development as the will of God.


“These are not things that we have a choice in, it’s providence, it’s God who says who goes and who stays. The President, obviously a deeply religious person, takes it that it cannot be helped, at the end of the day, all of us will also go that way,” he said.

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Speaking about the relationship between the President and his late Chief of Staff, Shehu said Kyari had been a close associate of the President for more than 40 years, describing him as the rallying point of the Muhammadu Buhari Administration.

He went on to note that Kyari offered 100% loyalty to the President and was about the only one person who understood President Buhari’s view on virtually every issue.

“It’s a deeply shocking incident because Abba Kyari is like a pillar there in the Presidency, he’s a rallying point of the entire workforce working the President.

“He has had a long working relationship with the President; more than 40 years of being together. He has a full understanding of the President, he knew exactly where the President stood on every issue and so therefore, he was there to fix it for the President and get them done as the President wants.


“He offered 100% loyalty to the President and all of these things that Abba Kyari brought focus to bear on, long delayed infrastructure; whether they are road, railway, power and so on, all of them have the imprints of the President on them because this is where the President lived and believed and Abba Kyari was there to ensure that President Buhari, at the end of his two terms, leaves behind legacies that will last and for which he will be remembered and these are the things that Abba Kyari cared for”, he said.

Meanwhile, to lay anxieties about a possible breach of public health protocols, especially as the Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control (NCDC) had warned against conducting private burials for victims of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, to rest, Shehu noted that the usual ceremonies that would have followed the burial had been put off.

“The burial and the funeral are strictly private. After the burial all those who have come will go home. There will be no ceremonies such as paying of condolence visits.

“We want Nigerians to observe the regulations as put in place by the NCDC and the Federal Ministry of Health, so that we can all stay healthy and and live to be there tomorrow”, he clarified


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COVID-19: Infected Abba Kyari arrives Lagos State, Nigeria.


The Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, has arrived at Lagos in an Air ambulance to continue his treatment after testing positive for coronavirus. Kyari, last night, said he left Abuja for Lagos to do additional tests and observation.

The President’s Chief of Staff said the decision he took based on medical advice was also a precautionary measure. Kyari said in a letter that he made his personal care arrangements to avoid further burdening the public health system, which faces so many pressures.


The letter read: “I am writing to let you know that on medical advice, I will transfer to Lagos later today for additional tests and observation.

“This is a precautionary measure: I feel well, but last week, I tested positive for coronavirus, the pandemic that is sweeping the world.


“I have followed all the protocols government has announced to self-isolate and quarantine. I have made my own care arrangements to avoid further burdening the public health system, which faces so many pressures.

“Like many others that will test also positive, I have not experienced high fever or other symptoms associated with this new virus and have been working from home. I hope to be back at my desk very soon.


“I have a team of young, professional, knowledgeable and patriotic colleagues, whose dedication has been beyond the call of duty, who continue to work seven days a week, with no time of the day spared. We will continue to serve the President and people of Nigeria, as we have for the past five years.”

The news broke last week that Kyari had tested positive for the virus while his principal, Buhari was said to be negative. The presidency later released a statement confirming the report.


President Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, many governors, ministers and other top government functionaries had mingled with Kyari shortly before he tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Kyari, who returned to Nigeria from Germany on March 14, had participated in several state functions and unofficial engagements that attracted prominent personalities.

Meanwhile, all those who have been exposed to the President’s Chief of Staff have been on self-isolation, according to presidential sources last Tuesday.

NobleReporters learnt that all the staff of Kyari were tested for coronavirus last Wednesday.


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COVID-19: I test negative despite meeting with Abba Kyari – Sen. Mamora


The Minister of State for Health, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, says he has tested negative for coronavirus.

Mamora said this in a text message sent to newsmen on Thursday.


He admitted that he came in contact with at least one person who tested positive for the virus.

The minister, however, did not disclose the identity of the person he came in contact with.


Mamora said, “Following my contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, I went into self-isolation. Testing was carried out on me yesterday (Wednesday) and the result came back negative this morning (Thursday).”

Newsmen report that many ministers have gone into self-isolation since reports emerged that the President’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, and three of his aides tested positive for coronavirus.

Kyari also attended the Federal Executive Council meeting last week as well as meetings with All Progressives Congress’ governors.


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COVID-19: I had no contact with Abba Kyari – Douye Diri says.


Bayelsa State governor, Douye Diri has denied meeting with Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari and Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed, before they tested positive for coronavirus.

Diri who disclosed this during a visit to the state isolation center located at the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital in Okolobiri, Yenagoa local government area on Wednesday March 25, said when he met with Bala Mohammed at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, he had not been infected with the virus.


The Bayelsa State Governor also revealed that he never met with Kyari as he was in Germany at that time.

Diri said;

“I have no contact with Governor Bala Muhammed and Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Buhari.


What happened was that in the NEC meeting, we normally sit in alphabetical order, after Bauchi is Bayelsa, so on Thursday last week, when we had NEC meeting, we sat close, and before then,

he had not contacted the virus.“During the NEC meeting, Abba Kyari was not there, we were told that he was somewhere in Germany.


So, actually I am even taken by surprise, where and how the speculation is coming that I had contact with the Chief of Staff.

“For Bala Muhammed, yes, we always sit close during NEC meeting, and by then, he had not contacted the disease.”

The Bayelsa State Governor also stated that they have taken measures in protecting its water and land boundaries, and also monitoring visitors coming into the state.


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COVID-19: Osinbajo, Buhari self-isolate after Abba Kyari’s positive test.


Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has gone into self-isolation after President Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari tested positive for coronavirus.

The Vice President and Kyari were only seperated by one seat inside the council chambers where the Federal Executive Council meetings held.


Osinbajo’s media aide, Laolu Akande confirmed that his principal went into self-isolation after it was reported he didn’t show up in his office on Tuesday March 24.The Vice President will continue working from his home office in compliance with NCDC’s directive.

Laolu tweeted;

VP Osinbajo yesterday at the office conducted his meetings via video conferencing, while observing social distancing. Today, he continues his work from the home office, as he is in self-isolation in accordance with NCDC protocols.

Ade Ipaye, the deputy chief of staff who works with Osinbajo is also said to be in self-isolation. Though it is not clear how Kyari got the virus, it has however been linked to his recent trip to Germany with Minister of Power, Sale Mamman.

The top officials travelled to the European Country to discuss power projects with Siemens.

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COVID-19: Ministers decline Abba kyari’s health status.


Members of the presidential task force on COVID-19 including the Secretary-General of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and the Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed today visited the Presidential Villa and the office of the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.

When approached by newsmen to comment on reports of Kyari being infected with coronavirus, Lai Mohammed responded it is against the ethics of the medical profession to disclose the identity of a patient.


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COVID-19: Aso Villa in panic mood as Abba kyari test positive.


President Muhammadu Buhari has tested negative for Coronavirus (COVID-19) following a test carried out by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Monday night.

This is even as the villa has been thrown into a panic mood.


Buhari, Kyari had joined other Muslim faithful to observed Friday Ju’mat’s prayer in the Presidential Villa, after undergoing multiple screening for the coronavirus pandemic before they were allowed into the Aso Rock mosque for prayers.

The NCDC reportedly informed the president of the result on Tuesday morning in Abuja.


A presidential source confirmed that Buhari’s test became necessary after his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.

He recently returned from an official trip to Germany.


Kyari reportedly ran the test on Saturday based on medical advice, although he was not exhibiting any symptoms.

The chief of staff, had travelled to Germany on Saturday, March 7th to meet with officials of Siemens in Munich on the Nigerian electricity expansion programme.

He returned exactly one week later on Saturday, March 14th, but did not show any symptoms.

The Chief of Staff was seen actively carrying out his functions all through last week in the Villa.


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