Governor of Nasarawa state, Engineer Abdullahi A. Sule has commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari and the family of late Abba Kyari. A press statement issued by Director- General Strategic Communications and Press Affairs Government House Lafia, Mallam Yakubu Lamai stated:
“It is with great sadness that His Excellency, Governor Abdullahi A. Sule learned of the passing of Late Chief of Staff to Mr. President, Abba Kyari on Saturday 18th April 2020”
“His Excellency hereby extends his deepest condolences to the family of Abba Kyari as well as relatives and the entire country, and in particular President Muhammadu Buhari whom the Late Kyari served with unalloyed loyalty, fortitude and strength of will”
The statement further noted: “Nasarawa State mourns with the nation, as we reflect upon the life of this remarkable politician, nationalist and exceptional statesman who exemplified patriotism, love for the common man and skills of astute leadership and great determination”
“Indeed politics has lost a man who was a powerful force for patriotism, discipline, peace, unity and national service”
It added “Abba Kyari’s commitment to the highest standards of national service, loyalty and love for Nigeria stands as an example to all of us, particularly, those who are politicians to be bridge builders and torch bearers of hope”
While indicating that Abba Kyari contributed over many years to furthering the ideals of political accommodation and peace-building, the statement also said Kyari understood the deep connection between local politics and national problems, and he helped Mr. President in no small measure to give Nigeria a respected place of identity and dignity among the comity of nations.
It also maintained: “There are only a few citizens of Nigeria who have had such a profound impact on the future direction of politics of transparency, accountability and inclusion in our dear country Nigeria as championed by President Muhammadu Buhari as Abba Kyari”
“Indeed as it is written in Verse (2:156) of the Holy Qur’an: “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un” (Arabic: إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ) which translates to mean: “Indeed, to Allah we belong and to Him we shall return, “the Governor of Nasarawa State Engineer Abdullahi A. Sule in total submission to the will of Allah SWT hereby commiserates with Nigerians over the demise of Abba Kyari” the statement further added.
“Engineer Abdullahi A. Sule affirms herewith that indeed death is predetermined by God alone, and the exact time of a person’s death is known only to God; but as Muslims and people of faith, the Governor enjoins the family of Abba Kyari to find solace and comfort in the belief and prayers that Allah will surely designate for their Abba Kyari, “Aljannah Firdaus” (the highest layer of heaven) as his resting place”
“May Almighty Allah; the absolute one, the all-powerful and all-knowing ruler of the universe, and the creator of everything in existence grant Abba Kyari’s family “Sabr” the fortitude, ‘endurance’ and ‘perseverance’ to bear this irreplaceable loss. Ameen”