Professional group of women operating in the mining industry, Women in Mining (WIM) Nigeria, has described the life and times of the late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mallam Abba Kyari as very rewarding for the country, stating that his death is more than just a blow on the nation. According to WIM, Abba Kyari’s death is a serious blow which impact will continue to resonate for a long time.
In a Letter of Condolence to the Governor of Borno State signed by the President of the group, Hon Engr Janet Adeyemi, the group extolled the virtues of the late Chief of Staff, describing him as an “illustrious son from Borno state who served Nigeria Military where he rose to the Second in Command of Nigerian Army’s Artillery.”
While commending the quality of life which Kyari lived, Adeyemi encouraged the people and government of Borno State to take solace in God while praying for the repose of his soul.
While quoting the famous American writer, Chuck Palahniuk who said, “We all die, the goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will,” Adeyemi noted that Palahniuk’s words hold true in Kyari’s life, saying that it is not necessarily the length of Kyari’s life that inspires, but the depth of life he lived.
Kindly read the full statement below:
“18th March 2020.
The Executive Governor of Borno State,
Re: LETTER OF CONDOLENCE OVER THE DEATH OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE PRESIDENT, ABBA KYARI
On behalf of Women in Mining (WIM) Nigeria, we sincerely commiserate with the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Borno State Government on the loss of their illustrious son, the Chief of Staff and Gate-Keeper to President Muhammadu Buhari, Alhaji Abba Kyari.
It is shocking and saddening listening to the news of an illustrious citizen and aide to Mr. President. The Chief of Staff was a quintessential public servant whose trajectory of life moulded him for inexorable service to his fatherland, his loyalty and doggedness to his beliefs distinguished him in all his assignments for a man who does not seek public adulation.
The loss of this illustrious son from Borno state who served Nigeria Military where he rose to the Second in Command of Nigerian Army’s Artillery is a blow which impact on the country is indescribable at a time when the numerous problems confronting Nigeria needs his experience and wisdom.
We however take solace in Chuck Palahniuk in his famous quote which said: “We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.” It is not the length of life, but the depth of life that one lived that mattered.
The Chief of staff, AIhaji Abba Kyari, a technocrat, bureaucrat and seasoned administrator was a force to be reckoned with in President Mohammadu Buhari’s government. We pray that God Almighty will grant the President, entire Cabinet and family the fortitude to bear the loss.
Surely our sector will miss him because of the technicality surrounding the mining sector which the late Chief of Staff had mastered and even supported us in our campaign to support Mr. President in his re-election bid for second term in office.
We pray that the Almighty Allah will comfort the good people of Borno State and you, the chief mourner over the loss of this great son of yours at a time as this.
We also use this opportunity to advise you to stay safe and urge your government to continue the aggressive campaign of the education of this deadly virus against humanity. It is a war that must be won. We pray that the pandemic of COVID 19 shall be defeated.
Thank you and God bless you.
Hon Engr. Janet Adeyemi
President, Women in Mining Nigeria