Repatriated $300m Abacha loot: Kyari was our interlocutor — US govt

Repatriated $300m Abacha loot: Kyari was our interlocutor — US govt

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The United States government has described the late Mallam Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to the President Muhammadu Buhari as a dedicated public servant and respected interlocutor for the American government.

FORMER HEAD OF STATE, SANI ABACHA

In a condolence message to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Tibor Nagy, eulogized the important role played by Kyari in the repatriation of over $300 million in funds stolen by former head of State, Sani Abacha.

Mr Garba Shehu, the Media aide to President Muhammadu made this known in a series of tweets on his verified tweeter page on Friday afternoon.

The letter in part reads: ‘‘Kyari was a valued and respected interlocutor for the U.S. government and particularly for our leadership team in Abuja.

‘‘We appreciate working with him on many important matters, including the return to the Nigerian people of over $300 million in funds stolen by Sani Abacha.

‘‘We appreciate working with him on many important matters, including the return to the Nigerian people of over $300 million in funds stolen by Sani Abacha.

‘‘He envisioned the funds going to three geographically disparate infrastructure projects as a way to unite Nigeria economically,’’ Nagy said.

The U.S. Assistant Secretary noted that this vision, encapsulated by the late Chief of Staff, was a reflection of his tireless championing of a solid and prosperous future for Nigeria.

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ABBA KYARI

‘‘His dedication to this matter, to fighting corruption, and to countless other investments and policies for the future of Nigeria will leave a lasting impact on your country,’’ President Trump’s lead diplomat for Africa wrote in the condolence message.

While commiserating with the government and people of Nigeria, the Kyari family on the loss, the U.S. government pledged to stand with Nigeria in the struggle against the coronavirus pandemic.

The President also received condolence messages from Usani Uguru Usani former Minister of Niger Delta, Alhaji Sabiu Bako, Kano-based businessman and Bataure Abdulazziz, a trade union leader.

FILE: PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI AND FORMER NIGERIA HEAD OF STATE, SANI ABACHA

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