By Glam & Essence
The news of the death of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari,who died on Saturday morning after battling with Coronavirus has been received with mixed reactions.This is on account of how many viewed the late Kyari’s powerful influence in the presidency,while often pointing fingers at him as the brain behind some not so favored decisions taken by the Presidency,despite not being able to prove it to be true.
No doubt,he cannot to be a favourite of majority of Nigerians,who regarded him as welding too much power in the presidency,but on account of his death,Nigerians have be shocked by the man’s intimidating profile,which gave credence to why he was chosen for the position he held until his death.
A Kanuri from Borno State,Mallam Abba Kyari graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Warwick, in 1980 and also received a bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Cambridge.
He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1083, after attending the Nigerian Law School.
Kyari worked for the law firm, Fani-Kayode and Sowemimo for some time after his return to Nigeria.
From 1988 to 1990, he was Editor with the New Africa Holdings Limited Kaduna.
He served as a Commissioner for Forestry and Animal Resources in Borno State in 1990,and from 1990 to 1995, Kyari was the Secretary to the board of African International Bank Limited, a subsidiary of Bank of Credit and Commerce International.
He was an Executive Director in charge of management services at the United Bank for Africa, and was later appointed the Chief Executive Officer.
In 2002, he was appointed a board director of Unilever Nigeria, and later served on the board of Exxon Mobil Nigeria.
In August 2015, Kyari was appointed Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari and was reappointed in 2019,a position he held until his death from the effect of Covid-19.