April 18, 2020
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The body of the late Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, which was flown into Abuja from Lagos on Saturday morning, has been buried at the Muslim section of Gudu cemetery in Abuja.

It was laid to rest after prayers in accordance with Islamic rites with many well-wishers on hand to bade him farewell.

The body had been received at the Nnamdi International Airport, Abuja by senior officials of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Kyari died in a Lagos hospital Thursday from complications related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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The Senior Special Assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, who confirmed the story in a statement in Abuja, said that the body was handled according to the protocol put in place for the burial of Coronavirus victims by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

He affirmed that the burial would be private and that there would be no ceremonies of condolences visits.

Shehu said: “We just received the body of Abba Kyari the deceased Chief of Staff the President in Abuja. 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.

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

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