President Muhammadu Buhari has said he will not be available for condolence visitors in the wake of the death of his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.
Instead, he urged such visitors to offer prayers in their houses for the repose of the soul of Mallam Kyari.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu said in a statement that the president had directed on three things in the wake of Mallam Kyari’s death.
He said: “First that this tribute (below) be issued in recognition of the enormous sacrifices and contributions made by the deceased to the success of his politics and administration and to the overall development of the nation.
“Second, the President wishes to direct strict observance of the social distancing rules as prescribed by the National Center for Disease Control, the Federal Ministry of Health; and other safe hygiene practices as advised by relevant local authorities.
“In this regard, the President will not be available for condolence visitors but urges, in place of that prayers be offered for the repose of soul of the departed Chief of Staff.
“Third, the President wishes to convey his deep appreciation to foreign leaders and all Nigerians, from whom a stream of messages have been reaching him over this irreparable loss.”