Abba Kyari Never Drove A Car Until Death – Daughter


Aisha, daughter of Abba Kyari, late chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, has lauded his dead father as an outstanding personality whose wealth of experience cuts across various spheres of life.

In a moving tribute published in ThisDay, titled ‘My daddy, my best friend’, Aisha however revealed that the late strong man of Buhari’s government never drove a car till he died.

Aisha said it was amusing that despite his exposure, his father could not drive a car until his demise.

“This may sound odd but my beloved daddy couldn’t drive a car! He never learnt how to drive for a day in his entire life,” said.

She further touched on how her late father was largely “misunderstood” and “mischievously misrepresented” by some Nigerians, notwithstanding his contributions to humanity and nation-building.

According to her, Kyari’s decision not to defend himself against his critics was to enable him concentrate on his major assignment of serving his principal and the country.

She wrote, “My dad was terribly misunderstood and arguably mischievously misrepresented. Even his age was never gotten right from the day he became Chief of staff till the day he died. My dad died at the age of 67. He was often mistaken for the late Brigadier Abba Kyari who was indeed in his 80’s.

“For clarity, my dad was more than capable of defending himself. The reason he didn’t is that it would have distracted him from his primary assignment of serving his principal and by extension, his country.”

Kyari died from COVID-19 complications on April 17, a few weeks after contracting the disease.

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