Biography of Late Abba Kyari – Buhari’s Chief of Staff

Abba Kyari before his death, was chief of staff to Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and a very influential figure in the administration.

On 24th of March 2020, Abba Kyari tested positive to Coronavirus after he returned from an official trip in Germany.

Mr Kyari was first appointed Chief of Staff to the president in 2015 when Mr Buhari came to power. He was reappointed last year after his principal won reelection.

Abba Kyari was from Borno State and Kanuri by tribe. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Warwick, England, in 1980. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law from the University of Cambridge, England and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1983.

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

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

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

Abba Kyari was Executive Director, Management Services, United Bank for Africa Plc. (UBA) and later the Managing Director and Chief Executive of the Bank. He was appointed a Director of Unilever Nigeria Plc. in 2002.

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).

He died on 17/04/2020 and the death was announced by the presidency in the early morning of Saturday, 18/04/2020.

Abba Kyari left behind a wife and four children.

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