The presidency regretfully announces the passing away of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari.
The deceased had tested positive to the deadly disease COVID-19 and had been receiving treatment, but died on Friday, April 17, 2020.
The Senior Special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina made this known in the early hours of Saturday, April 18.
He has been chief of staff to president Muhammadu Buhari since 2015.
Recall that Mallam Kyari became the first public official to have contracted the disease in Nigeria after his visit to Germany.
Nigerians on social media in the first hours of Saturday morning have pour out their tributes to the Presidency and family of the late Chief of Staff.
Nigerians on Twitter have expressed sadness and prayed for forgiveness for the departed.