A Profile on Abba Kyari, Buhari’s right-hand man

April 18, 2020

Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Buhari has died from Coronavirus complications.

Breaking: Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari is Dead

The news of his death was announced by the Presidency in the early hours of Saturday, April 18th.

He tested positive to COVID-19 on 24th March 2020 after he returned from an official trip to Germany.

Here is a profile on him.

Early Life

Not much is known about his early life but Abba Kyari was born in 1938 is from Kanuri in Borno State.


He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Warwick in 1980 and also received a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Cambridge.

In 1983, he was called to the Nigerian Bar after attending the Nigerian Law School.

In 1984, he then proceeded to obtain a Masters’ Degree in Law from his alma-mater, the University of Cambridge.

Kyari attended the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland and participated in the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School, in 1992 and 1994.


Upon his return to Nigeria, Kyari worked for the law firm Fani-Kayode and Sowemimo.

He was an Editor with the New Africa Holdings Limited Kaduna, (publishers of Democrat Newspapers) btw 1988 and 1990.

He served with the Borno State Executive Council as Commissioner for Forestry and Animal Resources in 1990 and was Secretary to the Board of African International Bank Limited, between 1990 and 1995.

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.

He served as Honorary Member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Investment in Nigeria between 2000 and 2005.

He was a recipient of the Nigerian Honor Award of Officer of the Order of the Niger (O.O.N).

Political Career

He was appointed Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari in August 2015.

Personal Life

Kyari was married to the sister-in-law of Ibrahim Tahir[, and had four children.



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