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What You Don’t Know About Late Nigeria’s De Factor President & Buhari’s Most Trusted Ally, Abba Kyari

Abba Kyari


What You Don’t Know About Late Nigeria’s De Factor President & Buhari’s Most Trusted Ally, Abba Kyari

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari‘s most trusted ally, Chief of Staff to the President and one of the most powerful politicians in Nigeria, Abba Kyari, passed away at age 80, from complications related to COVID-19 after a nearly month-long battle with the virus.

According to the report, Abba Kyari died hours ago while trying to receive treatment for coronavirus at a private hospital in Lagos. Before the announcement of Abba Kyari dismissed by the presidency hours ago, he was referred to as one of the top three most powerful people in Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy.

Abba Kyari has been described as Nigeria’s de facto president, because the presidency holds an inordinate amount of the centralized power and government funds, deciding who has access to the president accords immense power and influence.

Abba Kyari was born in Borno, graduated from Cambridge and Warwick universities in the United Kingdom in the early 1980s, and in 1983, he was called to the Nigerian Bar after attending the Nigerian Law School. A close member of his class described him as an intellectual by those who dealt with him.

Abba Kyari

What You Don’t Know About Late Nigeria’s De-Factor President & Buhari’s Most Trusted Ally, Abba Kyari

The late Abba Kyari was said to have contracted the coronavirus on an official trip to Germany in March. He was confirmed with the virus on Mar. 23, though it was revealed on Mar. 30. At the time, he was said to be in high spirits and widely expected to recover. But there have now been reports Kyari had underlying conditions.

In 1984, Kyari obtained his master’s degree in law from the University of Cambridge, and further attended the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland and also participate in the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School, in 1992 and 1994, respectively.

Kyari started work at the law firm Fani-Kayode and Sowemimo for some time, following his return to Nigeria. 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.

Kyari 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.

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