The Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari is dead.
He died on Friday, 26 days after testing positive to the coronavirus.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, broke the news on his Twitter handle at 12.44am.
He followed this up with a statement, saying: “The Presidency regrets to announce the passage of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari.
“The deceased had tested positive to the ravaging COVID-19, and had been receiving treatment. But he died on Friday, April 17, 2020.
“May God accept his soul.
“Funeral arrangements will be announced shortly,” the statement said.
Mallam Kyari had tested positive for COVID-19 on March 23, 2020 following an official trip to Germany nine days earlier.
There were, however, no immediate details about where he died.
There have been speculations in some quarters that the close ally to the president had died.
But in a swift reaction, the late Kyari wrote a letter from his sick bed to dispel such rumour as unfounded.
The Precision NG had also reported some days ago that the man has resumed to his duty.
Though no official statement to that effect, our correspondent had relied on a Facebook post by an Abuja based, Tolu Babaleye.