Shina Abubakar – Osogbo
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II has described the death of Chief of Staff to the President of Nigeria, Mr Abba Kyari as an “unfortunate surprise”.
He also described late Kyari as a coolheaded fine gentleman and great respecter of traditional institutions who had until his death handled his position as a public servernt with dignity and dedication.
A statement issued by the Ooni’s Director of Media and Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare on Saturday disclosed that the deceased’s personality was borne out of his fervent belief in and his incorruptible patriotism to the Nigerian project.
The statement reads, “The House of Oduduwa under the leadership of the Arole Oodua Olofin Adimula, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, Ooni of Ife has received news of the death of Alhaji Abba Kyari with a rude shock and he sees it as a very unfortunate surprise.
“Late Abba Kyari was a detribalized Nigerian and coolheaded fine gentleman who had treated traditional institutions with love and respect and who had until his death undoubtedly dignified public service as Chief of Staff with dignity and dedication motivated by his fervent belief in and incorruptible patriotism to the Nigerian project.
“Kabiyesi Ooni immediately after the news was confirmed, made a phone communication to the wife and children of the late Chief of Staff in which he prayed for the gentle soul of the deceased and the fortitude for the family to bear the irreparable loss”.
The monarch then urged Nigerians to take the ongoing fight against the global coronavirus pandemic more seriously, saying the virus is a ruthless enemy of humanity that must be collectively defeated.
The Ooni also prayed for the souls of the thousands of victims around already killed by COVID-19 around the world and charged Nigerians to adhere strictly to the measures aimed at combating the pandemic.