Late Malam Abba Kyari

Buhari’s CoS Abba Kyari dies as Nigeria’s COVID-19 infections hit 493

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Following his recent testing positive to Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and subsequent treatment in the past few weeks, The Nigerian Presidency has announced the death of Malam Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff (CoS) to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser (SA) to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, announced the passing away of Malam Kyari to Nigerians late Friday, April 17 via his Twitter account at Femi Adesina ✔@FemAdesina.

“Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari, passes on. May God rest his soul. Amen. Funeral arrangements to be announced soon,” Mr. Adesina stated in a tweet.

Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement, however, indicated that late Malam Kyari would be buried Saturday, April 18, in Abuja, FCT, after Islamic burial rites.

Meanwhile, Nigeria has recorded 51 new cases of the novel but fatal Coronavirus, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

ConsumerConnect gathered from a tweet via its verified Twitter handle Friday, that the NCDC reported 32 cases in Lagos, six in Kano, five in Kwara, two each in the Federal Capital Territory and Oyo, and one each in Ogun and Ekiti.

According to NCDC, the 51 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported as follows: Lagos -32, Kano -6, Kwara -5, FCT -2, Oyo -2, Katsina -2, Ogun -1 and Ekiti -1.

“As of 10:10 p.m. 17th April, there are 493 confirmed cases of #COVID19 reported in Nigeria. Discharged: 159, and 17 deaths at NCDC (@NCDCgov) April 17, 2020.

The health agency also recorded an increase of four deaths, bringing total casualties to 17.
However, the number of discharged patients rose by seven to 159.

Earlier on Friday, the NCDC said it had tested 7,153 samples for COVID-19 in the country, but pledged to ramp up the rate of testing, especially in Lagos and the FCT.

“We aim to increase access to testing as new testing modalities also become available,” Director-General of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu said on Friday during the Presidential Task Force for COVID-19 briefing in Abuja, FCT.

The novel coronavirus has now killed more than 1,000 people across Africa since the pandemic emerged late last year, according to an AFP tally using official figures.

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