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Nigerians React To Mamman Daura’s Glowing Tribute To Late President Buhari’s Chief Of Staff, Abba Kyari

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Mixed reactions have greeted the glowing tribute paid to the late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu, Abba Kyari, written by nephew to the President, Mamman Daura.

Daura is believed to be behind many decisions taken by the President.

In the tribute published on Friday, Daura revealed that during the run-up to the 1999 presidential poll, Abba Kyari was among those considered as the running mate to Olusegun Obasanjo, who was the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party.

In the tribute, the President’s nephew explained how he met Kyari and how he praised his contributions to President Buhari’s administration.

He said, “These times coincided with the country’s return to democracy and Mallam Abba was among those enthusiastically espousing the cause of General Obasanjo. On his selection as PDP candidate, a group of women and youths in the PDP lobbied Obasanjo to pick Mallam Abba as his vice-presidential running mate. After heated debates, Obasanjo eventually picked Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

“All future Chiefs of Staff will henceforth be judged by the benchmark of Mallam Abba Kyari. Next, he assembled a team of very competent staff who worked incredibly long hours, seven days a week to analyse, itemize, disaggregate knotty problems and advise the President. Mallam Abba was an exacting taskmaster and his staff was relieved if he travelled outside the country. But to a man they valued, respected some even liked him.”

Many Nigerians on Twitter have faulted Daura’s claims.

@addebanji stylishly took a jibe at Daura saying, “Please, this Mamman Daura what political office is he holding?” 

However, lauding Daura, Bright Eugene VII said Daura’s tribute stood out from others written on late Kyari.

 

 

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