Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, has said that the late Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, appeared to him in a dream the night before he died.
The special adviser disclosed this in his tribute to Abba Kyari on Friday, April 24.
Adesina, relating the dream wrote:
“On Thursday night inward Friday, I dreamt. The President and myself were in a corridor in the Presidential Villa, and he was talking with me. Suddenly, by my right, I saw a figure waiting for me to finish with the president.
“It was Mallam Abba, clad in his usual white native attire, with the trademark red cap. But this time, there was no flowing Agbada, which I found rather odd. He never (or rarely) appeared without the flowing robe.
“He was heavily bearded, another surprise, and the beard was all white. I rounded off discussion with the president and yielded space for the chief.
“I made nothing of the dream, but after he died, I shared my experience with my friend, Mallam Garba Deen Mohammed. He came to say goodbye to you, and you didn’t know it,” my friend said. “I didn’t know till then that Garba Deen had the uncommon gift of interpretation of dreams. Well, I now know where to go the next time I dream.”
Adesina recalled the his last contact with the Chief of Staff which according to him was on Friday, March 20, at a meeting of President Buhari and Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, chairman of ECOWAS commission, at the presidential villa.
He said “A seat had been designated for me, next to that of the chief of staff. Few minutes later, Mallam Abba (as he was often called by us) walked in. I rose to greet him.
“Femi, how are you? They have said we should not shake hands again,” he responded. Rather jocularly, he extended his right foot. I touched his foot with my own, and we both laughed. Leg-shake, instead of a handshake,”
He stated that he had looked back “instinctively” to Kyari and others as they walked behind him at the end of the meeting.
“Why did I do it? I didn’t know, still don’t know. But it turned out to be my last view of Kyari.
“He was laughing as he talked with the two people beside him. That glance I took turned out to be the very final. About 72 hours later, Mallam Abba was diagnosed with the deadly Coronavirus, which sent him sadly on a journey of no return,” he said.