Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation, says those behind the death of rumour of Abba Kyari, chief of staff to the president, are “vicious and heartless”.
There has been a rumour — mostly on social media — that the president’s right-hand man died from COVID-19 complications. He tested positive for the disease last week.
In a tweet on Thursday, Fani-Kayode described those wishing Kyari dead because they disagree with him as vicious.
But the former minister said he remains opposed to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“It is not true that Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to @MBuhari, is dead. Those that are behind that rumour are vicious and heartless. I remain opposed to the @MBuhari admin. but to wish or proclaim someone dead simply because you disagree with him politically is unacceptable,” he tweeted.
Kyari had said he was responding well to treatment and recuperating at a private facility in Lagos.
“Since the diagnosis, he has had the occasional cough, which, though not chesty, remained stubborn, hence his decision to transfer to a private facility in Lagos for further tests and observations,” a member of the Kyari family told TheCable.
“Up till now, he has had no high fever or difficulty in breathing, and the cough is subsiding after treatment, so he is making good progress.”