…Abba Kyari 1938 –2018
BY OBUTE JAMES
The father of Senator Abubakar Kyari, Gen Abba Kyari is dead.
Brigadier General Abba Kyari was a former military governor of North Central State.
He died on Sunday in Abuja after a brief illness at the age of 80.
Abubakar Kyari, Senate Committee Chairman on Defence while confirming the death of his father said he would be buried in Maiduguri at about 4pm Monday (November 26, 2018).
President Muhammadu Buhari has also condoled the family of the late military governor and goverments of the states he served.
In a message to the the government and people of Kaduna, Katsina and Borno states on Sunday evening, President Buhari said, “We are extremely saddened by the news of General Abba Kyari’s passing away, an officer and a gentleman for whom we have a lot respect.”
He prayed Allah to accept his soul, and grant fortitude to the family and friends he left behind to bear the loss.
Abba Kyari (1938 –2018)
Abba Kyari was born in 1938. He attended Borno Middle School and Barewa College, Zaria. In 1959 he enlisted in the Nigerian Army as an Officer Cadet. He attended the 12th Regular Officers’ Training School, Teshie, Accra, Ghana (March 1959 – September 1959) and then the Mons Officer Cadet School, Aldershot, England (October 1959 – March 1960). He held various appointments in the army, including Platoon Commander and then Transport Offices in the 1 Brigade Transport Company, Second-in-Command and then Commander in the Nigerian Army Artillery, commander of 1 Brigade, Kaduna and Commanding Officer 5th Battalion, Nigerian Army, Kano.
General Yakubu Gowon appointed Colonel Kyari Governor of North-Central State in July 1967. As governor, he commissioned a master plan for the Kadunametropolis, but in practice the plan was not followed by his successors. He was not tolerant of the free press. For example, in April 1975 he strongly attacked the New Nigerian for publishing a picture of officers attending a conference that mainly showed junior officers. Towards the end of Gowon’s administration, Kyari was a cautious advocate of return to civilian rule.
Kyari led the Northern delegates to the 1994 National Constitutional Conference, and was appointed Chairman of the National Defence Committee of the conference. After retiring, he was appointed to the board of directors of First Bank of Nigeria, Standard Alliance Insurance and Merchant Bank of Commerce. He became Chairman of Gamah Flour Mills and of Alif Engineering and Construction