Alhaji Abba Kyari Chief of Staff to Nigeria’s President Mohammadu Buhari is at present being flown out of the country on medical emergency grounds, National Daily can authoritatively report.
Impeccable Presidency sources told National Daily that Abba Kyari who has been suffering from an undisclosed ailment which has kept him away from office in the last seven days, slumped in the early evening and was rushed to an undisclosed private hospital where some specialist doctors were called in to attend to him.
Sources close to the Presidency also told National Daily that the relationship between Kyari and his boss, Mr President, has worsened in the last few weeks after more revelations of allegations of graft against the Chief of Staff, a development many believe seriously dents the President’s anti-corruption stance.
According to the sources who preferred not to be mentioned, President Buhari made enquiries later and the feedback was not encouraging as his (Kyari) condition was not improving. The President then directed that he be flown out immediately.
National Daily further gathered that at about 9.30pm, a long convoy was seen leaving the villa for the airport where an Air Ambulance was already on standby for the evacuation to an undisclosed destination for further medical attention.
Efforts to reach Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media did not yield results as calls to his phone lines were not answered.
The Chief of Staff has been in the eye of the storm of allegations of graft and insider dealings as well as abuse of office.
There have also been rumours of recent that Mr President was shopping for his replacement as preliminary investigation reports may have established a prima facie case against him, particularly over the alleged N500m gratification he allegedly received from MTN to help facilitate reduction of the $5.2bn fine placed on them by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
Abba Kyari was appointed to the position on August 27, 2015.