Private Hospital Where Abba Kyari Died Was Accredited, ‘Biosecurity-Compliant’ – Lagos Govt

A file photo of Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi. Photo: Twitter- @ProfAkinAbayomi
A file photo of Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi. Photo: Twitter- @ProfAkinAbayomi

 

The private hospital in Lagos where Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari died, is a government-accredited facility, Professor Akin Abayomi, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, has said.

In a series of tweets on Saturday, Professor Abayomi said First Cardiology Consultants, Ikoyi, where Mr Kyari was being treated for COVID-19 infection is a biosecurity-compliant COVID-19 facility accredited by the Health Facility Management and Accreditation Agency of the Lagos State Ministry of Health.

 

“As a basis for accreditation, First Cardiology Consultants established a separate specialist wing with staff dedicated to the treatment of complicated cases of #COVID-19, under the supervision of the Lagos State #COVID-19 emergency response team,” Professor Abayomi said.

Following the death of Mr. Kyari on Friday, there have been claims that he flouted government health officials’ recommendations by treating himself in a private facility.

Meanwhile, on Friday, Osagie Ehanire, the Minister of Health, said the federal government had not accredited any private hospital to treat COVID-19 patients.

While speaking during the briefing by Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja, the minister noted that although some private hospitals have shown interest to treat the virus, none have met the criteria to receive approval yet.

“No accredited private hospital has been given approval in Abuja. Lagos is looking at some accredited hospitals. There’s one large hospital in Lagos that has called me and said they want to become a coronavirus treatment centre.

“The structure of the hospital is that they are ready to remove all present patients they have and do nothing but Coronavirus treatment. That would be good because they don’t stand the chance of cross-infection.

“But, at the moment, there is no hospital that has met the criteria,” he said.

Queen Elizabeth Foregoes Birthday Gun Salute Over COVID-19

 

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II will not celebrate her birthday on Tuesday with a traditional gun salute due to the coronavirus crisis, Buckingham Palace said on Saturday.

“There will be no gun salutes. Her Majesty was keen that no special measures were put in place to allow gun salutes as she did not feel it appropriate in the current circumstances,” the palace told AFP.

The queen, who turns 94 on Tuesday, made a rare national address at Easter, saying that “we know that coronavirus will not overcome us” and that “we will meet again” after the country’s lockdown is lifted.

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Lockdown orders were made last month, and extended this week for another three weeks as the country’s official death toll from the virus hit 14,576.

Lesotho’s Embattled PM Sends Army Into Streets To ‘Restore Order’

 

Lesotho’s embattled prime minister announced on Saturday he had sent troops onto the streets to “restore order”, accusing unnamed law enforcement agencies of undermining democracy.

Prime Minister Thomas Thabane is under pressure to step down after police said they suspect him of having a hand in the murder of his estranged wife in 2017, a case that has thrown the country into political turmoil.

Saturday’s order comes just a day after the country’s constitutional court overturned a controversial decision by Thabane to suspend parliament.

In an address on public television, the 80-year-old leader said he had “deployed the army to take control of this situation and take necessary measures against these elements in alignment with the security orders and restore peace and order”.

“This is to avoid putting the nation in danger,” he said.

 

 

A highly placed government source said police commissioner Holomo Molibeli, his deputy Paseka Mokete and another senior police officer have been arrested by the army.

“The general informed the prime minister that he has arrested Holomo, Mokete… They are temporarily detained at Makoanyane Barracks,” the source told AFP in the capital Maseru.

There was a heavy presence of armed soldiers, in bulletproof vests and helmets, patrolling the streets.

Other soldiers drove around Maseru in armoured cars.

The premier said he was “surprised” that some “institutions entrusted with maintaining order and adhering to law are busy tarnishing the very principles” of the country’s stability and democracy.

He said the army would also help enforce a 24-day coronavirus lockdown in the country, which has so far not recorded a single case.

The prime minister’s order is the latest twist in a saga that has gripped the southern African kingdom.

– ‘Plot to topple government’ –

The murder accusations against Thabane came after communications records from the scene of his estranged wife’s murder included the prime minister’s mobile phone number.

His order deploying the army comes a day after the constitutional court set aside his decision to suspend parliament for three months.

In March, Thabane imposed a three-month suspension of parliament shortly after the national assembly passed a bill barring him from calling fresh elections if he loses a no-confidence vote hanging over his head.

Last month, he ordered the security forces and intelligence service to probe his ruling All Basotho Convention (ABC) party rivals, whom he accused of plotting to topple his government.

Citing his advanced age, the prime minister had earlier this year offered to step down from office by July 31 following the accusation of his possible involvement in the murder of his then estranged wife.

He faces allegations he acted in “common purpose” in the killing of 58-year-old Lipolelo Thabane, whom he was in the process of divorcing.

Lipolelo’s murder, two days before his inauguration as prime minister, sent shock waves through the tiny picturesque mountainous kingdom of 2.2 million people.

His current wife Maesaiah Thabane, 43, whom he married two months after Lipolelo’s death, is considered a co-conspirator in the murder case and has already been charged.

– ‘Misusing the security forces’ –

Thabane’s ABC rivals are pushing for his early departure and have teamed up with opposition with the goal of forming a coalition government.

Lesotho has a long history of political turmoil.

It has been more than a decade since a prime minister served out a full five-year term in the country which is completely landlocked by South Africa.

The opposition and analysts say the prime minister is instigating stability in the country by pitting the police against the military.

Mathibeli Mokhothu, leader of the largest opposition party the Democratic Congress, said Thabane’s order was triggered by Friday’s court ruling.

“He is misusing the security forces. This is creating conflict between the army and police.

“He is the one who is destabilising peace in Lesotho,” Mokhothu told AFP.

Motlamelle Kapa, a political science professor at the National University of Lesotho said Thabane “has lost control because he himself is not behaving like a PM”.

“The current situation is a struggle between the police and the courts of law where they are trying to bring the executive to order and make them account for their wrongs.

“This is not the first time we see things reeling out of position when police try to call the Prime Minister to order,” Kapa said.

COVID-19: Lebanese Community Extends Donations To Security Agencies, Health Facilities In Kano

 

As Kano State continues to record more cases of the COVID-19, the Lebanese Community in the state has donated Personal Protective Equipment to health workers across the state as part of its contributions to help in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

The Honorary Consul of Lebanon, Mr. Khalil Muselmani and his Crisis Cell Team donated the items to the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital where the NCDC Testing center is situated.

“The community has collectively shown their support and appreciation by offering a token of appreciation for ‘Key Workers and all those on the front line,” the Consul said.

Items donated included: 50 PPE suits, 300 Oxygen masks, 2 Oxygen Concentrators, antiseptics; 12 pieces of 1litre Shampoo, 30 pairs of boots; 1000 pairs of hand gloves, sprayers, among other things.

The Consul further thanked every health care professional who in the course of his/her duty is risking their own life for the sake of others.

“We pray that God protects and blesses you in this, your gallant duty to every single individual in Kano. We are eternally grateful for you.”

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Meanwhile, the community also extended the donation to various security formations across the State for their “relentless effort” and dedication in protecting every individual in the state.

At the Zone 1 Headquarters, the Consul informed the AIG that they are aware that the officers and men will be working hard in the coming days to ensure compliance of the lockdown directives, hence they decided to collectively bring a token to them.

It included sugar, salt, rice, groundnut oil, tomato paste; seasoning and other provisions packaged together in boxes for each family.

“Security is of utmost importance at this difficult time and we thank all Security Forces, in particular, the Police for all their work, we are truly grateful,” the group said.

Receiving the items, AIG Zone 1, thanked the Lebanese Community for the donations and concerns for the welfare of security personnel during this difficult period.

“I want to assure you that the Nigerian Police will not relent in our efforts to ensure adequate protection of lives and property of anyone living in Kano, you have indeed shown to us that you are the children of Kano and that you are ready to live and die with us”.

Last week, the Lebanese Community had donated food items and other personal protective equipment worth over N100m to the state government as part of their donation to the state’s fundraising committee.

Ganduje Fires Commissioner For ‘Unguarded Utterances’ About Kyari

Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, spoke to reporters on Friday, February 7, 2020.
File Photo: Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, spoke to reporters on Friday, February 7, 2020.

 

The Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has relieved the appointment of the Commissioner of Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Mu’azu Magaji with immediate effect.

According to a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, the commissioner was removed following his unguarded utterances against the person of the late Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari.

He said as a public servant, the commissioner ought to have respect for the office by refraining from any act capable of rendering it to disrepute.

“The action of a public servant, personal or otherwise reflects back on the government and therefore, the Ganduje administration would not tolerate people in official capacities engaging in personal vendetta or otherwise,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, the state government eulogised Kyari, stressing that he led a life worthy of emulation by serving his country to the best of his ability.


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News that Mr Kyari had tested positive for COVID-19 first broke on March 24, about 10 days after he returned from a trip to Germany during which he met with officials of Siemens in Munich on Nigeria’s electricity expansion programme.

He confirmed the news himself in a statement on March 29, the same day President Buhari made his first nationwide broadcast on the pandemic and announced a two-week lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

In the statement, Mr Kyari revealed that he would be transferred to Lagos from the FCT for treatment and expressed the hope that he would recover and return to work soon.

But nearly a month after, he lost the battle with the disease as aides to the president announced that he died on Friday, April the 17th, 2020.

Abba Kyari Died In Service Of His Country – Obasanjo

A file photo of former President Olusegun Obasanjo
A file photo of former President Olusegun Obasanjo

 

Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari over the death of his Chief of Staff, Mr Abba Kyari.

In a letter personally signed by him on Saturday, Obasanjo said he received the news with great sadness.

He, however, asked the president to take solace in the fact that Kyari died in the service of the country.

“I received the news of the demise of Alhaji Abba Kyari, your Chief of Staff, over Friday night, with great sadness, as he lost the battle against the dreadful killer disease, COVID-19.

“Abba Kyari’s death must be painful to you and to his family and friends, but you can all take solace in the fact that he died in harness, in the service of his country.

“His death must be a solemn reminder to all of us that COVID-19 requires all hands on deck soberly, cooperatively, humanly, humanely, justly, equitably, fairly, consolidatedly and comprehensively to be able to fight it successfully and to get all Nigerians back to good health and healthy economy.

“God will give you and Abba Kyari’s family and friends the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. May Allah receive his soul,” the letter read.


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Cyclist Raises £300,000 With Turbo Bike Challenge

 

Former Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas has raised £300,000 ($375,299, 345,288 euros) for Britain’s National Health Service after a 36-hour indoor cycling stint.

The Welshman rode a trio of 12-hour rides over three days on a turbo bike in the garage of his home in Cardiff in a bid to raise funds to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

The 12-hour rides were to emulate a typical shift of an NHS worker.

“No exaggeration, the last two hours were the hardest I have ever had on the bike,” Thomas told the BBC on Saturday.

“I could barely sit down,” the 2018 Tour de France champion added.

Professional cycling, in common with all major sport worldwide, has been suspended following the spread of the virus, with this year’s Tour de France delayed from June and July until August and September.

The suspension of the road race calendar prompted Thomas to set himself a challenge which he likened to completing eight or nine stages of the Tour itself.

 

 

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“It has been solid,” said Thomas, winner of the 2018 British sports personality of the year award.

“I am going to have a week off to recover from this. It was 36 hours in the saddle over three days which would normally be a big training week for me.

“The longest ride I have done on the road is eight hours and 20 minutes in a group and that was with a coffee stop.

“On a turbo the longest was three hours and there is a lot of difference from that and riding outside where you have the scenery and downhill.”

The 33-year-old, a two-time Olympic pursuit gold medallist, added there were particularly personal as well as general fundraising reasons for his effort of endurance.

“My mum’s gone back to work at Velindre cancer hospital in Cardiff — she’s retired three times already and my best mate’s a GP (doctor) up St Helens way as well,” said Thomas.

“I’ve heard so many stories about what people are doing and it made me just want to try and play a tiny, tiny part by trying to help out in a small way.”

Thomas lags a long way in funds raised behind a 99-year-old former soldier, Captain Tom Moore, who has become a national hero by raising over 20 million pounds by walking 100 laps of his garden.

COVID-19: UK Death Toll Rises By 888 To 15,464 – Health Ministry

 

The number of people in Britain who have died in hospital from coronavirus has risen by 888 to 15,464, according to daily health ministry figures on Saturday.

“As of 5:00 pm on 17 April, of those hospitalised in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 15,464 have sadly died,” the ministry said on its website, up from 14,576 on Friday.

Sanwo-Olu, Dapo Abiodun, Mourn Kyari

 

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari over the death of his former Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, who passed on in the early hours of Saturday.

Sanwo-Olu, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile described the death of Mallam Abba Kyari as shocking, painful and a monumental loss to the nation, the people and government of Maiduguri and the Kyari family.

“I received the sad news of the death of Mallam Abba Kyari, an astute public servant with a heavy heart. Mallam Kyari was a dedicated Nigerian, a deeply committed and patriotic citizen, who contributed remarkably to the smooth and successful running of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration,” Sanwo-Olu said.

The governor added that Kyari was a “conscientious, competent, cerebral and outstanding administrator whose life traversed the fields of law, journalism, banking and politics”.

He also said the loss comes at a time when the country is desirous of more deeply patriotic individuals to contribute selflessly towards the development of the country.


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The governor, however, urged President Buhari to take solace in the quality of life lived by Mallam Kyari and his exemplary contribution to the current administration.

He said: “as human beings, the death of a close ally will be painful and devastating, but we must always look back at the beautiful moments one shared with the deceased as well as the legacies left behind by such individual. Therefore, Mr. President should find comfort in the good works done by the late Kyari”

Sanwo-Olu said the country and the immediate community of the deceased would remember him for many years to come.

He also prayed that God grants his soul eternal rest and comforts the families he left behind.

Meanwhile, the Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun (MFR), has also expressed shock over the death of Mr Kyari, describing it as a national tragedy.
In a statement personally signed by him on Saturday, Abiodun described Kyari as a good leader and devout Muslim who sacrificed so much in the service of Nigeria.

“This is a national tragedy. Mallam Kyari died in the service of the fatherland. The Chief of Staff was said to have contracted the virus while on an official assignment in Germany. He was confirmed positive to COVID-19 on March 23 and died of complications arising from the virus. So sad,” he said.

“We are extremely saddened by the news of Mallam Abba Kyari’s passing away. He was a detribalised Nigerian, consumate technocrat, gentleman and leading member of President Muhammadu Buhari’s team, for whom we had a lot respect.”

Governor Abiodun also noted that Abba Kyari carried out his duties with a lot of charisma and high intellectual disposition, which earned the office of Chief of Staff a lot of dignity and respect.

Governor Abiodun said of the Cambridge University-trained technocrat: “Today, the dreaded virus, COVID-I9 claimed its biggest victim, our respected friend and an influential figure within the Buhari administration, Mallam Abba Kyari.

“I remember the late Abba Kyari as a great democrat, a thoroughbred administrator, a good party man, a diligent networker and servant leader, whose service orientation could have helped Nigeria to tame the dreaded COVID-19.

“He would have helped in finding solutions to this pandemic. Indeed, Kyari’s passing is a major blow not only to the Buhari presidency but to all of us serving Nigeria at this critical period in our history. It leaves a gaping hole in the administration.”

The governor condoled with the President, family, friends and associates of the deceased over the painful loss.

He also prayed for the repose of his soul, saying: “May the Almighty Allah (SWT) forgive him his sins and be merciful to him. May He (SWT) compensate him with peace in al-Jannah Firdaus.”

There Will Be No Condolence Visits For Abba Kyari – Presidency

The remains of the late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Abba Kyari, being brought in an ambulance to the Defence House in Abuja on April 18, 2020.

 

 

The Presidency has announced that there will be no condolence visits to the family of the late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Abba Kyari.

The Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, said this in a series of tweets on Saturday, shortly after the remains of Mr Kyari arrived at the Defence House in Abuja for his burial.

“We just received the body of Abba Kyari, the deceased Chief of Staff the President in Abuja. In strict observation of the protocol put in place for the burial of Coronavirus victims by the NCDC, and the Federal Ministry of Health, the funeral prayer and burial will be private.

“Thereafter, there will be no such ceremonies as condolence visits.

“Well-meaning friends, family members and the general public are encouraged to pray for the repose of Abba Kyari’s soul,” Shehu wrote.

 

Abba Kyari’s remains set for burial at the Gudu Cemetery in Abuja on April 18, 2020.

 

See more photos of him being laid to rest in Abuja, here

The news of Kyari’s death was announced by both Mr Garba and another presidential aide, Mr Femi Adesina, in the early hours of today.

According to them, he died on Friday, April the 17th.

Mr Kyari’s remains were brought in an ambulance to the Defence House in Abuja, where family members, as well as his colleagues, gathered to pay their last respect.

He was eventually laid to rest at the Gudu Cemetery.

News that the Chief of Staff had tested positive for COVID-19 first broke on March 24, about 10 days after he returned from a trip to Germany during which he met with officials of Siemens in Munich on Nigeria’s electricity expansion programme.

He later confirmed the news himself, in a statement on March 29, the same day President Buhari made his first nationwide broadcast on the pandemic and announced a two-week lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

In the statement, Mr Kyari revealed that he would be transferred to Lagos from the FCT for treatment and expressed the hope that he would recover and return to work soon.

At the time, he said he felt well and did not exhibit any signs of the disease, which has now infected 493 people in the country and claimed 17 lives, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

A Kanuri from Borno, Mr Kyari was one of President’s Buhari’s closest allies.

Appointed Chief of Staff in August 2015, he became considered one of the most influential and powerful members of the Buhari administration.

Prior to his foray into politics, Mr Kyari had a professional career as a lawyer and spent years in the banking industry, rising to become the Chief Executive Officer of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) at some point.

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Popular OAP, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu is also set to return to your TV screens with a new reality tv show.

Catch this and more in this episode of Vibez.


 

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[UPDATED] PHOTOS: Abba Kyari Buried In Abuja

 

The Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Abba Kyari, who died on Friday, April the 17th, has now been buried.

His remains were brought in an ambulance to the Defence House in Abuja, where family members, as well as his colleagues, gathered to pay their last respect.

He was laid to rest at the Gudu Cemetery in Abuja.

The news of his death was announced by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in the early hours of today.

Another of the President’s spokespersons, Mr Garba Shehu, also tweeted about the development.

President Buhari’s Chief Of Staff Abba Kyari Dies

News that Mr Kyari had tested positive for COVID-19 first broke on March 24, about 10 days after he returned from a trip to Germany during which he met with officials of Siemens in Munich on Nigeria’s electricity expansion programme.

He later confirmed the news himself in a statement on March 29, the same day President Buhari made his first nationwide broadcast on the pandemic and announced a two-week lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

In his statement, Mr Kyari revealed that he would be transferred to Lagos from the FCT for treatment and expressed the hope that he would recover and return to work soon.

At the time, he said he felt well and did not exhibit any signs of the disease, which has now infected 493 people in the country and claimed 17 lives, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

A Kanuri from Borno, Mr Kyari was one of President’s Buhari’s closest allies.

Appointed Chief of Staff in August 2015, he became considered one of the most influential and powerful members of the Buhari administration.

Prior to his foray into politics, Mr Kyari had a professional career as a lawyer and spent years in the banking industry, rising to become the Chief Executive Officer of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) at some point.

See photos of the burial below:

 

Photos by Sodiq Adelakun for Channels TV.