Barely one week after the death of Abba Kyari, the late chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, a nephew to the president, Mamman Daura, has penned down an emotional message about the former politician.
The Cable reports that Daura said that Kyari was recommended as running mate to former president Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999. Obasanjo was president from 1999 to 2007.
Wothappen.com gathered that Kyari died of complications from coronavirus pandemic on April 17 and was buried according to Islamic rite at Gudu Cemetery in Abuja, the nation’s capital on Saturday, April 18.
In a tribute, Daura described Kyari as an intelligent man who could have been the second in command when Nigeria returned to democracy in 1999.
He said: “These times coincided with the country’s return to democracy and Malam Abba was among those enthusiastically espousing the cause of General Obasanjo.
“On his selection as PDP candidate, a group of women and youths in the PDP lobbied Obasanjo to pick Mallam Abba as his vice-presidential running mate. After heated debates, Obasanjo eventually picked Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
“In the 2003 elections, Mallam Abba was in opposite camps with President Obasanjo. General Muhammadu Buhari had declared his intention the previous year to contest the presidency and Mallam Abba joined his team and worked wholeheartedly in all the campaigns through the drudgery and injustices of the 2003, 2007 and 2011 elections without losing hope or sight of the ultimate goal.”
Daura said the late Kyari stood firmly behind Buhari, saying that his “perseverance paid off” in 2015 when Buhari won the presidential election.
“To his great surprise, the president appointed Mallam Abba as the chief of staff.
Fortified by the rigours of a Cambridge education and varied experience in banking, industry, investment, and journalism, Malam Abba set himself the task of defining the role, functions, and status of the chief of staff.
He started by consulting previous incumbents of the position he could reach as a way of educating himself of the challenges ahead of him,” he said.