These are not the best of times for individuals who met with the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, when he came back from Germany. There has been palpable tension over the recent news that Malam Abba Kyari tested positive to the ravaging coronavirus.
This is because, Kyari who is considered a very powerful voice behind the throne had contacts with many prominent Nigerians since his return from Germany on eleven days ago.
Apart from Buhari, who has tested negative, Kyari is believed to have interacted with the Minister of Power Engineer Mamman Sale as they both travelled to Germany together.
On Twitter on Tuesday, Nigerians called out the engineer to quickly self-isolate. They also criticized him for hosting the American ambassador Mary Beth Leonard on 19 March.
Kyari also regularly interacted with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, with whom he normally sits at the Federal Executive Council meetings. He was also at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, where he was pictured in close embrace with several ministers of the federation.
Already, his close friend and confident, Babagana Kingibe, has been marked for testing by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
Also Africa’s richest man and Founder of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote met with the Chief of Staff on Friday, March 20th, when medical experts believe he would have been contagious.
Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, who now heads the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 was also another Kyari contact. So was the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu.
Others are Garba Shehu, President Buhari’s SSA Media and Senator George Akume, Minister of Special Duties and Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information.
Kyari visited Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello on 17 March on his return from Germany, to deliver Buhari’s message to Bello at the prayers marking the eighth days since the death of Bello’s mum.
News Hub Mag! recalls that Kyari travelled to Munich,
Germany, on Saturday 7 March and returned on 14 March. He went to meet with
officials of Siemens over the Nigerian electricity expansion programme.