The National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Prof. Tunde Adeniran OFR has commiserated with the President and Commander in Chief of the Federation, Muhammadu Buhari on the demise of his Chief of Staff and loyal friend, Mallam Abba Kyari who died on Friday, 17 April 2020. Professor Adeniran described the death as devastating blow to Nigeria and, undeniably, a huge loss to the President.
The full text of the SDP National Chairman’s message of 18 April 2020 is reproduced below.
SDP CONDOLENCE MESSAGE ON THE PASSING AWAY OF MALLAM ABBA KYARI, THE CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE PRESIDENT
The shocking news of the loss of your dutiful and loyal Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari to the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic came to us in the early hours of today, Saturday 18 April 2020.
The death of Mallam Abba Kyari on active national service is a devastating blow to our dear country and, undeniably, a huge personal loss to you. It is indeed a national loss as it is a further depletion of our national human resource assets, particularly at this critical time that we are confronted with a major crisis in our national life when his valuable services are most needed by the Presidency.
The departed was not only a great Nigerian who, through his previous diverse beats of service and, most importantly, the last one, made indelible marks on our national canvas. He was indubitably a committed patriot who made great personal exertions for the good of Nigeria. He did his best for our country, particularly in the last five years that he served your Excellency very dutifully and loyally as Chief of Staff. While committing his soul to God to grant repose, we also pray that your Excellency will find the essential fortitude to bear this great loss and that his family and all the loved ones he left behind will be comforted.
It is also our prayer that God will help our nation to win this war that is being waged against all humanity by an invisible common enemy. May the merciful God also see us through this disconcerting period of global health crisis which, no doubt, will in its aftermath, bring about multidimensional social and economic global disorders requiring resolution through visionary leadership, great initiatives and patriotic zeal. May the Almighty God continue to uphold, guide and strengthen you.
Please accept, Your Excellency, the assurances of our high regards and the very best wishes.