Report emanating from SaharaReporters indicates that President Muhammadu Buhari‘s Government allegedly spent huge sum of money from the public treasury while trying the save the life of the President’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, who died of coronavirus on Friday.
KanyiDaily had reported that Abba Kyari died on Friday, exactly 26 days after he tested positive for coronavirus following his trip to Germany and Egypt where the pandemic had claimed hundreds of lives.
Upon his return to Nigeria from those countries, it was relaibly gathered that Kyari, who had a history of diabetes refused to observe the mandatory 14-day self-isolation period, instead going about his normal activities and subjecting dozens of persons including ministers, state governors and Aso Villa staff to the risk of contracting the virus.
Three of his staff were shortly afterwards confirmed to have contracted the virus while some state governors, who had contact with him were also infected.
After being denied the usage of the Presidential Intensive Care Unit at Aso Villa, Abuja, which was kept for the use of President Buhari in case there was an emergency around him, and considering the Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital isolation unit too low for his standard and or liking, Lagos was considered the best place to find cure for Kyari.
But rather than check into the facility of the Lagos State Government, Kyari violated the Quarantine Act to embark on a private treatment for his Coronavirus infection against the directive and recommendation of senior government and Ministry of Health officials.
According to a senior government official, his move to Lagos and choice of a private treatment facility cost the Nigerian Government huge sums in public funds especially in taking care of the upkeep and general welfare of the large number of security guards, medical staff and other categories of care givers that were always on the ground to ensure everything around him was fine.
This was aside the amount spent on their accommodation and providing relevant safety items to ensure all persons looking after the late Chief of Staff were not infected with the virus.
The private facility where he received care until his death also received ‘special attention’ from the Presidency, which ensured that all needed items for his recovery were in place.
All these, according to the official, ran into several millions of naira — the exact amount which could not be confirmed at the time of this report.
“Forget what they are saying in top government circles, the Presidency actually spent big in trying to save Kyari’s life. They spent some good millions of naira in attempting to save his life.
“He is one of the persons President Buhari trusts the most in this world and he was willing to do anything to save Kyari’s life.
“Throughout his stay in Lagos, the Presidency ensured that he got all the support he needed to defeat the virus by ensuring that funds were made available to foot any type of cost around his treatment and also ensure the safety and welfare of all those looking after him.
“As a prominent member of the cabal, there is no way the President or anyone in that circle was going to watch him spend personal funds to get a viable treatment for his situation. All needed support came from government,” the official, said.
It was also reliably gathered that the Nigerian Government made attempts to fly the late Kyari to London, United Kingdom, for treatment but had to shelve that idea especially after Coronavirus deaths rose astronomically in the UK.
Late Kyari had jetted out to the UK in the not too distant past to seek treatment for his health.
The doctors in the UK understand his medical history and know how to handle his case but the situation in Britain had prevented him from being flown there for attention.
Until his death on Friday in Nigeria, Kyari was one of the most influential and powerful figures in President Buhari’s government.
Governors, ministers and other important personalities all had to first win him over before gaining access to the President.
“There is nothing happening around President Buhari that he was not involved in. He was a pillar of support to Buhari in too many ways. Both of them had come a long way.
“His death is a huge personal loss to Buhari, he is going to feel his absence a lot,” the official said.
Following Kyari’s death, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced on Friday the country now has 493 confirmed cases of Coronavirus and 17 deaths.