By Magnus Effiong
Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state has expressed shock and sadness over the demise of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, saying the late politician was a patriotic statesman.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Christian Ita, Governor Ayade said he was utterly depressed by the sad news of Malam Kyari’s death, noting that his departure was a great loss to the nation.
The statement read in part: “We have lost a great statesman, a consummate professional and an exceptionally brilliant mind. Our nation has lost one of its best.
“Abba Kyari was a patriotic statesman, who was diligent and meticulous; uncommonly accommodating, a great listener who was ever receptive to anyone who came across him.
“My heart and prayers are with the family and the President at this very difficult moment. I pray for the repose of Mallam Kyari’s soul.”