Mallam Abba Kyari was buried Saturday morning at Gudu Cemetery in Abuja, with scores of people at the graveside.
The burial ran counter to the statement by Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu that it would be strictly a private affair.
Prayer for the deceased was offered while the body was still inside the hearse that brought it.
The prayer was done in his official residence.
Then after the burial rites, a second prayer was offered.
All the people at the graveyard wore face masks.
And the pallbearers were decked in Hazmat suits, in line with WHO and NCDC protocols.
Abba Kyari, chief of staff to President Buhari since 2015, died in Lagos on Friday, from complications arising from COVID-19 infection.
Garba Shehu said the burial marked the end of all ceremonies.
“There will be no condolence visits to family and the presidency”, he said.
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