By Bukar Bolori
Family of Abba Kyari, late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari had to conduct the Islamic 3rd and 7th days prayer together due to the ravaging coronavirus.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) was responsible for the death of the CoS and with the discovery of an index case in his home state, Borno, the family decided that the two prayers should be merged and allow mourners to keep by the rule of social distancing.
The Borno Governor, Babagana Zulum, was among those at the Residence of the extended family of Kyari in Maiduguri on Monday to observed the post-funeral prayer.
The governor, was in the company of the Senator representing Southern Borno, Sen. Mohammed Ndume, state chairman of the APC, Bukar Dalori, Secretary to Borno State Government, Chief of staff and some commissioners.
A statement by the spokesman of the governor, Malam Isa Gusau said early on Monday, the governor who was at the residence on the Kyari on Sunday to pay condolence, returned for the combined third and seventh day post-funeral prayers.
He said late Kyari’s royal family decided to combine prayers for third and seventh days so that mourners do not have to return in view of the need for social distancing.
He said the Shehu of Bama, His Highness, Kyari Elkanemi, led the family in taking the decision. Chief Imam of Borno, Imam Zannah Laisu, moderated clerics and mourners during the prayers that took place at the residence of the deceased’s younger brother, Baba-Shehu Arjinoma, who is the district head of Banki town in Bama Local Government Area.