My Father Never Drove A Car Till He Died – Abba Kyari’s Daughter
Aisha, daughter of Abba Kyari, late chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, has revealed that her father never drove a car till he died last month.
In a touching tribute published on ThisDay, titled ‘My daddy, my best friend’, Aisha described her late father as an outstanding personality, whose wealth of experience cuts across different spheres of life.
She, however, said it was amusing that despite his exposure, he could not drive a car until he passed away.
“This may sound odd but my beloved daddy couldn’t drive a car! He never learnt how to drive for a day in his entire life,” she wrote.
Aisha also explained that her late father was largely “misunderstood” and “mischievously misrepresented” by some Nigerians, despite his contributions to humanity and nation-building.
“My dad was terribly misunderstood and arguably mischievously misrepresented. Even his age was never gotten right from the day he became Chief of staff till the day he died. My dad died at the age of 67. He was often mistaken for the late Brigadier Abba Kyari who was indeed in his 80’s,” she noted.
According to her, Kyari’s decision not to defend himself against critics was to enable him concentrate on his major assignment of serving the country.
“For clarity, my dad was more than capable of defending himself. The reason he didn’t is that it would have distracted him from his primary assignment of serving his principal and by extension, his country,” Aisha further wrote.
The late chief of staff died from coronavirus complications on April 17, 2020, a few weeks after he had tested positive for the disease, following an official trip to Germany and the United Kingdom.