The Government of the United States has eulogised late chief of staff, Abba Kyari, and has also commended the key role he played in the repatriation of the $300 million stolen by the former head of state, late General Sani Abacha.
In a condolence letter addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Tibor Nagy, described the deceased as a dedicated public servant and respected servant and collocutor.
The statement quoted the Diplomat as saying in the letter: ‘‘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.
‘‘He envisioned the funds going to three geographically disparate infrastructure projects as a way to unite Nigeria economically.”
‘‘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,’’ he wrote.
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.