The Chief of staff to Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari’s has died due to complications arising from noval COVID-19. The Special Adviser to the President Mr Femi Adesina, confirmed the death on Saturday in Abuja.

The deceased (Abba Kyari) had tested positive to the ravaging Covid-19 and had been receiving treatment. But he died on Friday, April 17, 2020, Adesina said in a terse statement. The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced that Kyari tested positive for Covid-19 on March 24, 2019 but Buhari turned out negative.

He reportedly controlled access to the president, a 77-year old former military ruler now in his second term as democratically elected leader, overseeing key meetings and granting audiences.

The central government has imposed a lockdown on Nigeria’s economic hub Lagos and capital Abuja, while state governors have ordered a number of measures in other regions.

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