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Kyari was dedicated to anti-corruption, vital to repatriation of Abacha loot –US Govt

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

The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, said in a statement in Abuja the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Tibor Nagy, stated this in a condolence message to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Nagy, who is President Donald Trump’s lead diplomat for Africa, lauded the important role Kyari played in the repatriation of over $300 million stolen by the late dictator, Sani Abacha.

He said: ‘‘Kyari was a valued and respected interlocutor for the US 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.”

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The US official 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.

‘‘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.”

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

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