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JUST IN: 24 Days To Tenure Expiration, OPEC Secretary-General Passes

Muhammed Abubakar, Reporting

Barely 24 days to his tenure expiration, Nigeria-born Secretary-General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo, is dead.

He died at about 11pm on Tuesday as announced by NNPC GMD, Mele Kyari, in the early hours of Wednesday.

Kyari in a tweet, said: “We lost our esteemed Dr Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo.

“He died at about 11:00p.m 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.”

Stonix News reports that Barkindo was, on Tuesday, described by President Muhammadu Buhari as a worthy leadership ambassador of the country.

This was when he received him at the State House.

Barkindo’s tenure as OPEC Secretary-General comes to an end on the 31st of July.

Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo (20 April 1959 — 5 July 2022) was a Nigerian politician.

From 1 August 2016 until his death, he was the Secretary General of OPEC.

He previously served as Acting Secretary General in 2006, represented Nigeria on OPEC’s Economic Commission Board during 1993–2008, led the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation during 2009–2010, and has headed Nigeria’s technical delegation to UN climate negotiations since 1991.

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