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Breaking: OPEC Secretary-General Muhammad Barkindo Is Dead, Cause of Barkindo’s Death



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Breaking: OPEC Secretary-General Muhammad Barkindo Is Dead, Cause of Barkindo’s Death


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

Jameela News reports that the outgoing Secretary-General died late Tuesday.


Barkindo’s death was confirmed in a Tweet by the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari, on Wednesday.

Kyari said that Barkindo died in the late hours on Tuesday, July 5th 2022.

He tweeted:


“We lost our esteemed Dr Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo. He died at about 11 pm 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 Muhammadu Buhari had on Tuesday, honoured Barkindo, describing him as a worthy ambassador of the country, at the State House, Abuja.

Buhari was quoted by Femi Adesina, his media adviser to have said:

“You have indeed been a worthy ambassador of our country.”

“We are proud of your achievements before and during your appointment at OPEC and the proud legacies you will leave behind.

“Your time in charge of the affairs of OPEC has been a very challenging one for the global oil industry. Oil producers were finding it difficult to come together to address challenges that were crippling the oil market.”

“Not long after, the world was faced with the COVID-19 pandemic that sent crude prices spiralling down at an alarming rate. You showed incredible leadership to rally industry players and pushed through the turbulent times.

“There is no doubt about your efforts in putting together the Declaration of Cooperation which is the largest in the history of OPEC and the global oil industry and also the longest in duration in the history of the organization. This was a herculean task.”

Reacting to Barkindo’s demise, a former lawmaker in the eighth Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani, tweeted:

“Muhammad Sanusi Barkindo, former GMD NNPC and until recently, @OPECSecretariat scribe, was honoured yesterday. He died at 11 pm yesternight. May Allah grant him Aljanna firdausi. Amin. That is the ephemerality and transience of life.”

Cause of Muhammad Barkindo’s Death

At the time of filing this report, the family of the deceased OPEC Secretary-General have not disclosed the real cause of his death to the public.

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