…hours after being honoured by President Buhari at the Villa
Hours after being honoured by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, Secretary-General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Muhammad Barkindo, has died at the age of 63.
Barkindo died late Tuesday.
Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari, announced Barkindo’s death in a tweeted posted to his verified Twitter handle, @MKKyari, in the early hours of Wednesday.
“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,” Kyari tweeted.
President Buhari, while honouring Barkindo, on Tuesday, at the State House, Abuja, had described him as a worthy ambassador of Nigeria.
A former lawmaker in the eighth Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani, in his reaction to Barkindo’s death, tweeted, “Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo, former GMD NNPC and until recently, @OPECSecretariat scribe, was honoured yesterday. He died 11pm yesternight. May Allah grant him Aljanna firdausi. Amin. That is the ephemerality and transience of life.”