The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has mourned the death of the Secretary-General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Mohammed Barkindo.
He died few hours after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement on Wednesday which was signed by Ola Awoniyi
to President of the Senate, Lawan describes the sudden death of Barkindo, who was to conclude his second term at OPEC at the end of July, as tragic.
The Senate President describes Barkindo’s leadership of the global oil cartel as exemplary, noting that the deceased worked assiduously to build cooperation between OPEC and non-OPEC countries to save the energy market at a time of a global crisis.
Lawan says Barkindo’s pragmatic approach and hard work at the critical time brought stability to the volatile oil market.
The Senate President says Barkindo’s stewardship at OPEC made him a pride for Nigeria and Africa, adding that his death is a monumental loss to Nigeria, the world and particularly to the global energy community.
“The news of the tragic death of OPEC Secretary-General, Mohammed Barkindo, came to me as a rude shock.
“Barkindo’s exemplary leadership at the global oil cartel brought stability to the ever volatile oil market.
“The world will remember him for how he was able to rally both the OPEC and non-OPEC members together to save the energy market.
“The world will miss him and particularly the global energy community,” Lawan says.
The Senate President also condoles with the Government and people of Adamawa State over the great loss.
Lawan prays Allah to forgive the sins of the departed and accept his soul into Aljannah Firdaus.
Muhammad Barkindo, the late secretary-general of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), met with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday at the State House in Abuja hours before his death.
Among those present at the meeting were Timipre Sylva, minister of state petroleum resources; Ibrahim Gambari, chief of staff; Mele Kyari, group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC); Farouk Ahmed, CEO of board of Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NPRA), and Suraj Matori, PR and information OPEC.
Barkindo had also delivered a speech to oil and gas stakeholders at the ongoing 2022 Nigerian oil and gas conference and exhibition in Abuja.
His demise was announced by Kyari, GMD of NNPC, in the early hours of Wednesday.