Nigeria, April 18 -- The Nigerian government has drawn citizens' backlash for failing to follow through on its plan to quietly bury Abba Kyari, the late chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr Kyari passed on Friday night in Lagos and his remains were flown to Abuja on Saturday morning. Following a brief prayer at his official residence in Abuja's Maitama neighbourhood, his body was transported to the military cemetery in Gudu where it was interned at about 11:20 a.m.

As Mr Kyari's body was being moved to the cemetery, a crowd of relatives, supporters and well-wishers thronged to the burial ground to pay their last respects to the senior administration official.

A long line of vehicles stretched out along the expressway near t...