Femi Fani-Kayode, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, has stated that important figures in President Muhammadu Buhari’s government sponsored lies against late chief of staff, Abba Kyari.
There have been different sides to whom Kyari was to those who were close to him, when he was alive.
Kyari died of the novel Coronavirus on Friday, and was buried in Abuja at Gudu cemetery, on Saturday.
Some people described him as a very good man who was misunderstood by many, while others saw him as being responsible for most of the troubles facing the country, due to his great influence on Buhari himself.
However, Fani-Kayode, a critic of the Buhari-led All Progressive Congress government, does not see Kyari as the architect of Nigeria’s woes.
He said: “If only you knew how many lives he saved. If only you knew how he at least attempted to build bridges between Christians and Muslims and between northerners and southerners behind closed doors.
“If only you knew how hard he fought to ensure that the war against terror was properly waged. If only you knew the forces that opposed his moderate stand from within.
“If only you knew how much he was hated by some very key members of the Buhari administration who envied him and who felt that had it not been for him they could have pillaged the treasury far more than they were already doing and created even more enemies for the President than he already had.
“If only you knew that most of the rubbish being written in the media about him was being sponsored and spread to a gullible public by key members of the Buhari administrstion who were trying to discredit him and get the Presideht to fire him.
“Simply put had it not been for him many more lives would have been lost in the war against terror and many more people would have been killed by Boko Haram and the Fulani herdsmen.
“Some say he was the leader of the cabal. This is a cabal in which seasoned and skillful old war horses and elderly and ancient northern political veterans and warriors like Mamman Daura, Zangon Daura, Mahmoud Tukur, Ismaila Isa Funtua, Lawal Daura, Baba Gana Kingibe and many others that were far older and more experienced than him are members of?
“A cabal that has been in existence and in power since the 1980’s when he was still at University? This does not make sense. He was a powerful Chief of Staff but he was far from being head of the cabal or being de facto President. That much I can assure you.
“If it had been any different many of those that were still in office at the time of his death would not have been there anymore because he would have fired them long ago.
“God alone sees the heart and knows who is who. Let Him be the judge and let Him call each and every one of us to account for our deeds and misdeeds.
“It is not for me or anyone else to judge Kyari and it is not for anyone else to judge me or to judge you. The only thing that is certain is the following: for our good deeds we shall be rewarded in the afterlife and for our bad ones we shall suffer. That applies to us all and as the Bible says, ‘let he that is free of sin throw the first stone’ .”