FG apologises for absence of social distancing at funeral of Abba Kyari


FG apologizes for absence of social distancing at the funeral of Abba Kyari



The COVID-19 Presidential Task Force has issued an apology citing errors on the burial of Abba Kyari who was the chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari,


Kyari was buried at Gudu Cemetery in Abuja on Saturday, April 18th after, died due to complications of COVID-19 on Friday.

Social media went ablaze following pictures and videos of social distancing protocol broken at the burial ceremony.

President Buhari’s Chief of staff, Abba Kyari is dead

However, Sani Aliyu who is the national coordinator of the task force has apologized for the crowd incident and that his agency should have done better.


He said, “The PTF will like to acknowledge and apologise for the mistakes that were made regarding the burial of the late Chief of Staff.

“We realised that crowd control failed, we have learned from this and we will ensure that future events are adequately regulated and follow the task force’s protocols.

“The Gudu Cemetery had since been decontaminated, the personal protective equipment discarded at the site; decontaminated being burned and discarded according to the NCDC guidelines.

“I’ll like to further clarify the issue of COVID-19 and the burial processes. Contrary to what is on social media, the body of the late Chief of Staff was properly prepared for burial, according to NCDC guidelines and the Islamic faith.


“The bodies of persons with COVID-19, as stated clearly by the WHO guidelines except in cases of viral haemorrhagic fever and cholera, dead bodies are generally not infectious. To date, there’s no evidence of persons having become infected from exposure to the bodies of persons who had died of COVID-19.”



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