The late Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari has been buried at the Gudu Cemetery in Abuja according to Muslim rites.
His body was flown into Abuja Saturday morning and taken to his official residence at Chalet B of the Defense House in Maitama at exactly 10:22 hours where Muslim prayers were held for him.
Abba Kyari's brought to his official residence at Defense House.
Over 300 people including women attended the prayer session in Maitama which looks a contravention of the Federal Government Social Distancing laws.
A Professor of Mass Communication at the Baze University, Abuja Prof. Abiodun Adeniyi lamented the hidden dangers in the congregational prayers stating that those in attendance were standing too close to each other though most of them wore face masks.
He said the attendance was a mark of respect for the highest death profile of the Coronavirus on the West African territory.
Prof. Adeniyi lamented that the man who probably dished out rules did not observe the self-Isolation when he returned from a trip abroad.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media, Shehu Garba said Mallam Abba Kyari was 100% loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Late Abba Kyari's body leaving Defense House for Gudu Cemetery.
Four state Governors and the Minister of Foreign Affairs were among the crowd at the Defense House where President Muhammadu Buhari perhaps the closest ally to Mallam Abba Kyari was conspicuously absent.
The body arrived the Gudu cemetery at exactly 11:08 hours where surprisingly those who were not wearing the protective gear and not wearing face masks touched the whit coffin bearing the late COS which was against the World Health Organization (WHO) regulations.
No corporate prayer were offered at Gudu cemetery as his body was lowered into his grave at 11:23 hours but some attendees waited to say their individual prayers in accordance to Islamic injunctions.
Body of the late Abba Kyari lowered into his grave at Gudu Cemetery.
Social distancing was worst at the cemetery as people flowed like water.
Mallam Abba Kyari aged 69 died of Coronavirus disease Friday evening at a private facility, First Consultant Hospital in Ikoyi – Lagos.
He had traveled to Germany and Egypt in March to fix the nations’ electricity challenges but did not self-isolate when he returned to Nigeria.
The late Mallam Abba Kyari is survived by his wife and four children. Reports say people started gathering at his official residence as at last night.
No Presidential speech was delivered either at the prayer in his official residence or at the Gudu cemetery where he was buried.
- Eniola Olatunji.