Nigerians were informed of the death of the Chief of Staff to the president, Mallam Abba Kyari on Friday, April 17, 2020, as a result of the coronavirus disease he contracted during his official trip to Germany.
Following the announcement of his death, Nigerians have expressed some mixed reactions over his death which was confirmed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
While some Nigerians expressed grief and condolence over his death, others from their tweet post, tend to mock the former Chief of Staff over his death.
The Executive Secretary NEITI, Waziri Adio described Kyari as a deeply human, cerebral and loyal personality and not the wrong impression that was widely sold.
When my mum died earlier this year, the second person to come to the house same day to condole me (after @Olusegunverdict) was Mallam Abba Kyari. Deeply human. Deeply cerebral. Deeply loyal to his principal and his country, not the caricature widely sold. May God grant him rest. pic.twitter.com/k2xfAV1cE9
— Waziri Adio (@Waziriadio) April 18, 2020
The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mele Kyari, referred to him as a good man and asked God to forgive him.
May Allah forgive Mallam Abba Kyari and have mercy upon him. Was a truly good man, profoundly faithful and loyal to our country.
— Mele Kyari (@MKKyari) April 18, 2020
The controversial Senator, Dino Melaye, who sounded philosophical, said that everyone should be prepared for this someday.
May the soul of Abba Kyari the chief of staff to Mr President rest in peace. May God grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss. Everyone must complete this circle someday. Be prepared.
— Senator Dino Melaye. (SDM) (@dino_melaye) April 18, 2020
The national publicity secretary of the opposition party, PDP. Kola Ologbondiyan, asked Allah to forgive him all his shortcomings.
My condolences @MBuhari. May Allah forgive the shortcomings of Mallam Abba Kyari, grant him Aljanat Firdausi and give his family the fortitude to bear the pains of this loss.
— Kola Ologbondiyan (@officialKolaO) April 18, 2020
Senator Shehu Sani in his reaction, said that the president has lost a trusted and very loyal friend who will be missed.
Abba Kyari;The President has lost a trusted & loyal friend.A man who took the bullets of his master with smiles,calmness & silence.We knew his cap & his colors but never his mind or his own side of his story.He will be missed as a Punchman or a punch https://t.co/nJ350DBded AK.
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) April 18, 2020
Femi Fani-Kayode, who is one of the biggest critics of this government expressed sadness at the loss of a friend of 40 years. He described him as a good and honorable man.
I have lost a friend of 40 years. We were at Cambridge together. We worked in my fathers law firm together. We remained close throughout right up until the end even though we disagreed politically. Abba was a good man: a man of honor & a loyal friend. May his soul rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/GJ5gJOKOff
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) April 18, 2020
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, expressed grief over his death and asked Allah to comfort his family and forgive him his sins.
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un. I am saddened by the death of Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari. May Allah SWT comfort his family, forgive his sins and grant him AlJannah Firdaus. Ameen.
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) April 18, 2020
One of the presidential aides, Bashir Ahmed, in his reaction, described him as one of the most misunderstood people in the history of Nigeria. He described him as a good man who sacrificed his life for the country.
Abba Kyari certainly was one of the most misunderstood people in the history of Nigeria. Those who had the opportunity to know him personally will tell you how extremely a good person he was. A man of honor, will be remembered as someone who sacrificed his life for this country. pic.twitter.com/eaOyJuo4RN
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) April 18, 2020
A twitter user whose reaction was quite interesting said that he is saddened by the death of Abba Kyari. He said that until his encounter with him, he was one of the government officials he used to abuse the most. He narrated the encounter and how they have been in contact until he contracted coronavirus.
The death of Abba Kyari greatly saddens me. He was one of the Nigerian government officials I abused the most here. Until one fine day last December
— tyro (@DoubleEph) April 18, 2020
Another twitter user expressed his disappointment at the way some Nigerians are jubilating over the death of Abba Kyari.
"clear to us all" i am talking to my Muslim brothers and sisters.
If you are not one, take your negativity elsewhere.
The way to a good end
Are there any signs that indicate that a person’s life ended well?.
Praise be to Allaah.
Firstly: a good end… pic.twitter.com/GHxxV5AwwP
— Zunnurain🌠👑 (@Hustleuthman) April 18, 2020
Some Nigerians seemed not bothered about his death but rather critical of his antics while in government.
A human rights activist, Comrade Deji Adeyanju said that this should be a lesson to President Buhari as Nigerians will celebrate like some Nigerians are doing now if anything happens to him.
I hope those already stealing Corona Vurus money will stop & begin to do the right thing. Abba Kyari died here in Nigeria, unable to travel for medical tourism. FIX OUR HEALTH SECTOR & country now.
Stop looting Nigeria dry.
— Comrade Deji Adeyanju (@adeyanjudeji) April 18, 2020
A twitter user was sarcastic in his reaction to the death of kyari. He mentioned the names of individuals that he thought would be relieved that he is no more.
Abba Kyari is dead! Aisha Buhari & children, former Head of service, Winifred Oyo Ita, Abba Kyari's cousin who's facing police tribulations because of a failed business, Dino Melaye, Bukola Saraki & others will be dancing now while Oshiomole, Yahaya Bello & others will be shaking pic.twitter.com/MEt22TzIo3
— EZE GBURU GBURU 1© @IamProfAboki (@iamprofaboki) April 18, 2020
Meanwhile, available information suggests that his body has arrived Defence Guest House Maitama, Abuja, as his burial is on-going in today.
Lagos State seeks investors in aquatic and livestock agriculture value chain
The Commissioner revealed that the scheme was in line with the State’s five-year strategic agriculture roadmap.
The Lagos State Government announced it is seeking private sector collaboration for Agriculture sector value chain development in livestock feed mills, fisheries and red meat.
This was disclosed by the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Abisola Olusanya, in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.
The Commissioner revealed that the scheme was in line with the State’s five-year strategic agriculture roadmap, as the State identified the 3 main sectors for value chain disruption.
She also added that investment in the sectors would also develop jobs for the industry and boost the State’s GDP growth, through Private Sector collaboration as Lagos residents consume over N5 trillion worth of food annually.
“The objective is to stimulate and encourage more public-private partnerships in the three value chains,” she said.
“When you consider this pool of transactions happening in Lagos, it shows that we are the market. For instance, we demand over 400,000 metric tons of fish on an annual basis.
“But our fishermen and our aquaculture farmers are only able to produce just about 174,000 metric tons with deficit of 200,000 metric tons,” she added.
She also disclosed that the state has 9,000 artisanal fishermen, and bringing more youths into the space will increase the level of fish and seafood being harnessed from our water bodies. Looking at the transactional value on an annual basis, the fisheries sector is worth well over N120billion according to her.
In case you missed it: Nigeria exported agricultural products worth N321.5 billion in 2020, representing a 19.16% increase when compared to N269.8 billion recorded in 2019 and a 6.27% increase compared to N302.28 billion recorded in 2018.
#DigitalSkillsTraining: FG announces conclusion of selection process
Only successful applicants that are contacted by the Ministry are to report at the training venue.
The Federal Government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports disclosed that the selection process for the upcoming Digital Skills Training has been concluded for the #DigitalSkillsTraining from April 11th to 30th, 2021.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Ministry of Youth and Sport on Sunday evening.
“The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development wishes to inform the general public and all Nigerian Youths that the selection process has been concluded for successful applicants for the #DigitalSkillsTraining scheduled for April 11 to 30, 2021,” the statement said.
The Ministry added that only successful applicants that were contacted by the Ministry are to report at the training venue. Those who were not successful but arrive at the training would not be admitted.
“Upcoming #DigitalSkillsTraining Programmes of the Ministry will be widely publicized on youthandsport.gov.ng , on : noya.ng and on the Ministry’s social media handles,” the statement added.
What you should know
Recall that Nairametrics reported in November 2020, that the Ministry of Youths and Sports Development announced it will scale up its digital skills training to cover 500,000 youths across the country after securing funding under the COVID-19 stimulus budget.
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