*Says Borno has lost a rock
*Cancels 3-day schedule
*Visits Ngala fire victims
MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, has described the demise of the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, as a shock and a big loss to Borno state.
Zulum received the sad news at Gamboru, a border town in Ngala, where he had passed the night, while on humanitarian visit to supervise distribution of food items, cash gifts and textiles to about 50 thousand IDPs in different camps. The Governor departed Maiduguri on Friday morning to Ngala.
He immediately mobilized Internally Displaced Persons, (IDPs) at different camps in Ngala to offer prayers to God for the reposed of Alhaji Abba Kyari.
On his request, the Chief Imam of Ngala town, Goni Awari Goni Kadiri led a gathering of other imams and displaced persons to offer prayers of forgiveness and eternal peace in favour of the deceased.
“Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raajiun (from Allah we all come from and to him we shall all return).
“We have lost one of our own, Alhaji Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to the President.
“It is a big loss to us because Borno has just lost a rock. I was really shocked by news of his demise. I last spoke with him exactly weeks ago and he was in good spirit.
“I share the grieves of his immediate family, His Excellency, Mr President and the Presidency as well as his larger family, the people of Borno state.
“Alhaji Abba Kyari was a good man that was misunderstood by many people and whatever it is, his appointed time has come and every human will one day die, no matter how long we live and for this divine reason, good people or those with wisdom, do not celebrate the death of anyone. I urge all of us here to pray for one of our own.
“Someone who was sincerely passionate about the fight against boko haram towards peace-building and restoration in Borno state, the northeast and Nigeria.
“I will like this gathering of Imams to lead prayers for the late Chief of Staff to have eternal peace. May Allah forgive his shortcomings, admit him into aljanna and give his family, other loved ones and the people of Borno state the fortitude to bear his demise,” Zulum told the group of imams.
The Governor also made similar calls at different IDP camps in both Ngala and Gamboru towns when he addressed displaced persons.
Following the demise of Kyari, Zulum shelved his initial plan to spend three days in Ngala LGA for distribution of food items and foundation laying of some projects.
However due to humanitarian needs of the IDPs, the Governor went round all the camps to ensure measures were put in place for the State Emergency Management and other assigned officials to carry on with transparent distribution of N5,000 cash and wrappers to each 25,000 women as well as varieties of bags of food stuffs to 20,000 male counterparts.
He also met with IDPs in Ngala town to sympathize with families of persons who lost their lives and those injured. He assessed the extent of damages and held meeting with camp officials and the State Emergency Management Agency towards preventive measures.
The late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Kyari hailed from Bama in Borno state.