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OPEC Secretary-General, Mohammed Barkindo, Dies

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

Barkindo reportedly died on Tuesday evening, according to the Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari.

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

“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.”

Barkindo earlier on Tuesday had been honoured by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja for his work at OPEC.

Secretary-General was scheduled to expire this July.

The President described him as a worthy ambassador of the country.

“You have indeed been a worthy ambassador of our country,” President Buhari was quoted as saying in a statement by his media adviser, Femi Adesina.

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