Matters continue to arise following the passing away of late Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari.
Nigeria’s Chief of Staff, Malam Abba Kyari, may have been dead and buried, issues relating to his death, however, has continued to make headlines.
National Pivot has covered updates on reactions trailing the death of one of Nigeria’s most ‘misunderstood personality’ in the Buhari administration, as described by Buhari’s aide on New Media, Bashir Ahmad. We also published how former Kano State Commissioner got himself sacked for what the Kano State government described as ‘unguarded utterances’ following the death of Kyari.
In a latest update however, Human rights lawyer and activist, Mr Femi Falana, SAN, demanding investigation into the circumstances surrounding the treatment and death of late chief of staff to Buhari, Abba Kyari.
Falana in his request to the federal government said his call for an investigation became necessary following the disclosure that Kyari was being treated in a private hospital. He said this latest development contradicts the health minister, Osagie Ehanire, who had said no private hospital has been accredited to manage COVID-19 case in Nigeria, and is also a breach of the fundamental rule of COVID-19 guidelines on the treatment of persons with the virus in Nigeria.
He said, “While the NCDC has directed anyone who tests positive to COVID-19 to report for treatment in isolation centres for treatment and monitoring former Chief of Staff to the President, the late Mr Abba Kyari, was allowed to be treated in a cardiological centre, a private hospital in Ikoyi, Lagos State.
“Since then some influential people who tested positive to COVID-19 are said to have insisted on treatment in private hospitals without official authorisation.
“Unfortunately, Mr Kyari passed on last Friday. Embarrassed by the unfortunate development, the Lagos State Government was reported to have said that the hospital was granted permission to treat COVID-19 patients.
“But the Health Minister, Dr Osagie Ehanire, has categorically asserted that: “As at today, there is no private hospital that has been accredited to manage COVID-19 case in Nigeria. There is none in Abuja here that I know of. But I think Lagos is looking at some accredited hospitals and there is one large hospital in Lagos that has called me that it wants to become a Coronavirus treatment centre.”
“Since no private hospital has been accredited by the NCDC to treat COVID-19 patients, the death of Mr Abba Kyari ought to be investigated by the Federal Government.
“As if the fundamental breach of the rule of COVID-19 guidelines on treatment of patients was not enough, a crowd was allowed to participate and witness the interment of the remains Mr Kyari.”