The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend Justin Welby, has defined the correct role of an ideal Chief of Staff which he said late Abba Kyari played very well.
In a condolence letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, expressing his sadness over the passage of Abba Kyari, the senior world religious leader said: “the Chief of Staff is a role on which one depends more than almost any other.”
According to the Archbishop, in the letter dated April 21: “occupants of that strategic position need to be trusted…and willing to have your interests most closely at heart.”
The Archbishop, who is a personal friend of the President, told Buhari: “the fact that you entrusted Abba Kyari with your messages to me and to others demonstrates the faith you have in him.
“I am sure that his death is a significant blow to you personally, as well as to your government.
“This letter therefore brings my condolence at the loss of a man who struck me as remarkably intelligent and thoughtful…”
This was even as the pioneer Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Albert Korubo Horsfall, also sympathized with President Buhari on the loss of his Chief of Staff.
Also the Oil and Gas Trainers’ Association of Nigeria (OGTAN) in a condolence letter signed by its President, Dr Mayowa Afe to President Buhari, described Mallam Kyari as “a trusted friend, dependable ally and a man of uncommon loyalty…”
The Association while also acknowledging his contributions to strengthening the “economy and the Oil and Gas Industry.”