Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has revealed that the late Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, appeared to him in a dream before his death.
Kyari died of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on April 17 in Lagos, though he had underlying health conditions.
In an article on Thursday, Mr Adesina detailed his last contact with Kyari, whom he said paid him his last visit in a dream.
“Our last contact was on Friday, March 20, 2020. President Muhammadu Buhari was scheduled to meet with the Chairman of Ecowas Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, by 3 p.m. Such meetings hold in the diplomatic room of the presidential office complex,” he wrote
Adesina also said he exchanged pleasantries (by leg-shake) with Kyari.
After the meeting which he said lasted for about 30 minutes, the presidential aide headed for his office.
“Walking right behind me was the Chief of Staff, flanked by Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, and my colleague in the media office, Mallam Garba Shehu. They were chatting.
“After I passed through the security screening point that would see me turn off to my office, I looked back instinctively. 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,” he wrote.
Three days after the meeting, Kyari was diagnosed with COVID-19.
He continued: “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 added that as he wrote the statement announcing Kyari’s death early Saturday he had a déjà vu feeling of the time he wrote a press statement announcing the death of renowned journalist, Dimgba Igwe, who was knocked down by a hit-and-run driver as he jogged on the road in Okota area of Lagos.