OPEC Secretary-General Dies after visit to Buhari

0
1

The Secretary-General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Muhammad Barkindo is dead.

He passed on at the age of 63, barely 24 hours after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss crude oil challenges in the country.

The managing director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited Mele Kyari said Barkindo died about 11 pm on Tuesday, hours after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari.

Kyari further described his departure as a great loss to his immediate family, NNPC Nigeria, OPEC, and the global energy community.

“Certainly, a great loss to his immediate family, the NNPC, our country Nigeria, the OPEC, and the global energy community. Burial arrangements will be announced shortly,” he added.

(1) Mele Kyari on Twitter: “We lost our esteemed Dr Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo. He died at about 11pm yesterday 5th July 2022. Certainly a great loss to his immediate family, the NNPC, our country Nigeria, the OPEC and the global energy community. Burial arrangements will be announced shortly.” / Twitter

Barkindo an indigene of Yola, Adamawa State capital returned to the country to attend the 21st edition of Nigeria Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition barely 26 days to his retirement from OPEC.

Confirming the development on Wednesday, the OPEC in a short statement made public, described the deceased Secretary-General as a much-loved leader who would be greatly missed.

Read Also: OPEC delays talks with allies until Thursday

According to OPEC, Barkindo’s death is a profound loss to the entire OPEC Family, the oil industry, and the international community.

“This tragedy is a shock to the OPEC Family. We express our sorrow and deep gratitude for the over 40 years of selfless service that Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo gave to OPEC. His dedication and leadership will inspire OPEC for many years to come.

“OPEC extends its deepest condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, loved ones, and his home country, Nigeria”, the organization added.

Barkindo was received at the State House by President Muhammadu Buhari who lauded the outgoing OPEC secretary general’s six-year tenure describing him as a worthy ambassador of Nigeria.

During the meeting that took in part in honour of Barkindo’s two-term tenure as Secretary-General of OPEC was attended Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Head of its Delegation to OPEC, Timipre Sylva, NNPC boss, Kyari, and the country’s National Representative to the Organization; and other senior officials of Nigeria’s petroleum industry.