The remains the late Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari, arrived Gudu Cemetery, Abuja, by 10.
The body was moved from the ambulance by NCDC staff. Safety measures such as hand gloves and sanitisers were being shared, as all cleaned their hands and wore gloves.
The SSA to the president, Garba Shehu, who was at the cemetery, said “Kyari’s death is devastating.”
Describing Kyari as a loyal staff, Shehu said “the funeral and burial are strictly private.”
He commended the NCDC and the Federal Ministry of Health for making every arrangement for the burial.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the funeral prayer for the late chief of staff was performed at the Defence House, Abuja, in line with the Federal Ministry of Health’s guidelines regarding victims of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The remains of Abba Kyari were later transported to the Muslim section of the Gudu Cemetery, Abuja, at about 10.45 a.m., where it was committed to mother earth by health officials.
The Presidency had, on April 18, announced the death of Abba Kyari who had tested positive to the ravaging COVID-19.
The announcement, which was conveyed in a statement by Mr Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, indicated that Kyari died on Friday.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) had disclosed that as at 11.00 p.m on April 17, there were 493 confirmed cases of COVID-19 pandemic in the country, while 157 patients had recovered, with 17 deaths recorded. (NAN)