Sen. Ayogu Eze, former Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State says the late Malam Abba Kyari risked his life to make Nigeria great.
In a condolence message to President Muhammadu Buhari in Enugu on Sunday, Eze said that the former Chief of Staff to President Buhari was committed to the Nigeria project till his death.
“The late chief of staff was as a patriot, whose commitment to the Nigerian project was clear for all to see, including risking his life on the mission to make Nigeria great by improving power supply in the country, an undertaking that regrettably led to his death.”
Eze said his unplanned departure would leave a great vacuum in the governance of the country.
He prayed God to imbue the president with the presence of mind to endure the loss of his friend and staff and the sagacity to appoint a forward-looking, God-fearing and clear-headed Nigerian to take over from where Kyari left off.
Sen. Eze said that the torrent of positive tributes from friends, associates and members of the diplomatic corps in Nigeria has shown that the late chief of staff was indeed an unsung hero, who carried on his duty without seeking accolades or laurels.
He noted that Abba Kyari’s gaze was on the singular effort to deliver the president’s transformation agenda for Nigeria.
Praising his humility and stoicism even with so much power at his disposal, Eze urged other public servants to embrace the philosophy of servant leadership.
“What matters most in life is how one is perceived when the chips are down and one is no longer around to influence either the course of events or how one is perceived” he said.
The APC chieftain condoled the governor, the government and people of Borno State and the immediate family of the late chief of staff and prayed God to give them the strength to cope with this great family, and also national, tragedy.