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OPEC Secretary General Mohammad Barkindo Passes away

Wed 06 Jul 2022 | 10:02 AM
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The Secretary-General of OPEC group Mohammad Barkindo died at the age of 63, Al CNBC reported on Wednesday.

The news was announced by the chief of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Mele Kyari on Twitter, and it was confirmed by two OPEC sources.

The tweet that posted on Wednesday morning from Kyari verified account said: “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.”

The death of Barkindo's came as surprise to all the participated parties in the scene of oil and gas as he played a giant role in the world of petroleum.

His career in the scene of oil spanned over 40 years as he served at Nigeria’s National Petroleum Corporation, Duke Oil, in addition, he held the responsibility of the Nigerian Foreign and Entergy ministries, before holding the chair position of OPEC.

Since holding the position in 2016, Barkindo reign experienced several major shifts in the structure of the oil production group especially during the time of the Covid-19 pandemic, the formation of the OPEC+ with Russia and other non-OPEC countries, and the war in Ukraine.

Hours before his death, the President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari met the secretary general at the State House.


Javier Blas, the Energy and commodities columnist at Bloomberg, responded to the news saying: "Extremely sad to hear that OPEC Secretary General Mohammad Barkindo has passed away. He was a giant of the oil industry who skilfully navigated some of the most difficult years OPEC has ever faced. I called him a friend. Verily we belong to Allah and verily to Him do we return."