#No Social Distancing: All the People That Attended Abba Kyari’s Burial May Been Arrested!
Abba Kyari’s remains were brought in an ambulance to Gudu Cemetery in Abuja, where family members, as well as his colleagues, gathered to pay their last respect. [PHOTO: Sahara Reporters]
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The Nigerian government has drawn citizens’ backlash for failing to follow through on its plan to quietly bury Abba Kyari, the late chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mr Kyari passed on Friday night in Lagos and his remains were flown to Abuja on Saturday morning. Following a brief prayer at his official residence in Abuja’s Maitama neighbourhood, his body was transported to the military cemetery in Gudu where it was interned at about 11:20 a.m.
As Mr Kyari’s body was being moved to the cemetery, a crowd of relatives, supporters and well-wishers thronged to the burial ground to pay their last respects to the senior administration official.
A long line of vehicles stretched out along the expressway near the cemetery where Mr Kyari’s body was interred, despite government’s initial announcement that the burial would be conducted in private to show compliance with the guidelines against the spread of COVID-19.
Boss Mustapha, the cabinet secretary and head of the presidential task force on coronavirus, was amongst those sighted at the burial Saturday morning. Several senior government officials and politicians were also seen in the crowd.
Mr Kyari contracted the virus on March 23 shortly after returning from Germany on a national assignment where he had sought to actualise a deal on improving Nigeria’s power infrastructure.