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.