Presidency says Abba Kyari to be buried privately, gives reason

Abba Kyari, the deceased Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, will be buried privately, says the presidency.

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This is said to be incompliance with the protocol of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) which does not allow public burial for those who died of the Coronavirus disease.

Mr Kyari tested positive to the deadly virus last month, commenced treatment and was unlucky to survive, giving up the ghost on Friday.

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, who relayed that the body of the deceased has arrived for burial according to Islamic rites, says it will be done privately with no condolence visit.

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“We just received the body of Abba Kyari the deceased Chief of Staff the President in Abuja,” Mr Garba announced on Twitter this morning.

“In strict observation of the protocol put in place for the burial of Coronavirus victims by the @NCDCgov 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.

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“May Allah grant the family and nation the fortitude to bear the loss,” he added.

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