Despite the rules given by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and the Federal Ministry of Health, to be observe in any burial of Coronavirus victims. It was however, observed that most people present at the funeral prayer of the late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, abba kyari, who was laid to rest at the early hour of Saturday, April 18,2020 didn’t observe the social distancing protocols made by the NCDC. This was confirmed in a video that was covered in Gudu cemetary, where Abba Kyari, was laid to rest, following the funeral prayer at his residence at the Defence House in Abuja. According to the video, over 50 people were seen to be very close to each other not minding the health implication of it. Meanwhile in a statement, disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant to President on Media and Publicity Mr Garba Shehu in Abuja, had earlier said the burial would be private.
He explained that there would be no room for condolence visits or other ceremonies.
“We just received the body of Abba Kyari the deceased Chief of Staff the President in Abuja.
“In strict observation of the protocol put in place for the burial of Coronavirus victims by the NCDC and the Federal Ministry of Health, the funeral prayer and burial will be private.
“Thereafter,there will be no such ceremonies as condolence visits. Well meaning friends, family members and the general public are encouraged to pray for the repose of Abba Kyari’s soul.
“May Allah grant the family and nation the fortitude to bear the loss”, Shehu said.”There would be no condolence visits to family of the late Chief of Staff ” noting that this was in keeping with the protocol established by the NCDC.
“There will be no such ceremonies as condolence visits. Well meaning friends, family members and the general public are encouraged to pray for the repose of Abba Kyari’s soul. May Allah grant the family and nation the fortitude to bear the loss,” he said.
Abba Kyari who tested positive for the Coronavirus on March 23, 2020, and was moved to a private hospital in Lagos for treatment. Died in the late hours of Friday after battling with ailments aggravated by COVID-19 disease.