The Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, was flown to the UK for medical attention on Wednesdays November 31 after he began to have breathing difficulties. A source at the Presidential Villa told ABR that Mr. Kyari was flown to London on a British Airway flight on Wednesday morning. The source revealed Mr. Kyari had been battling with diabetes and was recently in the UK to receive treatment. “The Chief was almost unconscious when they took him to the UK, but he is doing very well now,” the source said.

It had been reported, earlier that Mr. Kyari’s condition had worsened following the kidnap of a former minister, Bagudu Hirse, in front of the residence of Mamman Daura, the president’ s trusted and powerful Kaduna Mafia kingpin nephew. Mr. Kyari and a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babagana Kingibe, were in Mr. Daura’s residence when the kidnap happened. “The Chief  of staff was shocked when all the security details ran away leaving them to their fate. Subsequently, he drove away all the security men except the one who refused to run away and they drove back to Abuja in very tight security.”

Mr. Kyari was badly shaken from the Kaduna experience, it was alleged. “He has not been the same since he returned. In fact, he gave the policeman that stood by him a token of money as gratitude.” Mr. Hirse has since been released by his abductors.


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