THE leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari on the demise of his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari after a brief illness occasioned by COVID-19.
In a Letter of condolence to the President, dated 18 April, 2020, and personally signed by the President of the association, Samson Olasupo A. Ayokunle, CAN noted with sadness that the late Kyari contracted the pandemic abroad while on official duty.
“We are particularly sad that he contracted the virus while on duty abroad. He has thus sacrificed his life in the course of service to his motherland. That spoke much of his patriotic devotion to greatness of our nation.”
CAN which also described the death as a ‘big blow’ to the Buhari administration prayed for the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss by all the bereaved. It also promised to “continue to pray for you for enhanced wisdom and patience to lead a great country like this.”
Below is the text of the Letter
Your Excellency Sir,
LETTER OF CONDOLENCE ON THE DEMISE OF MALLAM ABBA KYARI, OON
It was with a rude shock but with submission to the Will of the Almighty God that the Association received the news of the demise of your Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, OON as a result of complications arising from the Novel COVID-19 also known as coronavirus.
We are particularly sad that he contracted the virus while on duty abroad.
He has thus sacrificed his life in the course of service to his motherland. That spoke much of his patriotic devotion to greatness of our nation.
We know this was a big blow to your administration, especially your kitchen cabinet.
Our prayer to the Lord is that he grants you, his family and the presidency in general the fortitude to bear the loss. ‘The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, glory be to the name of the Lord.’(Job 1: 21)
May the Lord heal all others who are lying sick as a result of the attack of this ruthless virus. May the Lord grant our nation reprieve from the scourge of this virus very soon so that we might be able to pick up our lives and businesses again in Jesus’ name.
Be well assured that we at the Christian Association of Nigeria will continue to pray for you for enhanced wisdom and patience to lead a great country like this.
For the King,
Rev. Samson ‘Supo Ayokunle, Ph.D
President, Christian Association of Nigeria