Abba Kyari: How Powerful Late COS Prevented Major Crisis In Nigerian Football
– Abba Kyari took his time to settle disputes in Nigerian sporting circle
– The late lawyer once assisted the Super Falcons to receive their wages
The late Chief Of Staff Abba Kyari who was also a lover of sports reportedly succumbed to the dreaded coronavirus on Friday, April 17, according to top officials in the Nigerian presidency.
In December 2016, the Super Falcons stormed the entrance of the National Assembly to protest their unpaid wages after successfully bringing home the AWCON title from Cameroon.
Kyari wades in
The protest was so serious that the girls who reached the scene at about 8am on December 14 had vowed to disrupt the day’s plenary session – it was not until the arrival of Abba Kyari that the situation was brought under control.
He assured the girls that the Nigerian government was aware and that the girls would receive ‘alerts’ in less than two days.
“You girls will be paid in two days’ time,” he assured. Two years later, Kyari again took time-out to receive the Super Falcons at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport upon arrival from Ghana.