OPEC Chief Dies at 63

The outgoing Secretary-General of The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Mohammad Barkindo died at age 63 in the Nigerian capital of Abuja.

Barkindo’s death was announced on Twitter by the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, deeming the incident a “great loss.” 

According to Kyari, Barkindo died on Tuesday evening in Nigeria. Kyari also confirmed that Barkindo’s burial would be held in the town of Yola today.

As part of his farewell activities, Barkindo, whose six-year term was set to finish this month, was traveling in his home nation.

On Tuesday afternoon, Barkindo held a meeting with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential palace, where the president referred to him as a “worthy ambassador” of Nigeria.

Barkindo began his work in the oil sector in Nigeria in the early 1980s, where he held a number of positions at the NNPC and represented Nigeria on the technical Economic Commission Board of OPEC.

Barkindo also played a key role in the agreement signed between OPEC and non-OPEC members, which included Russia, to stabilize oil output on the world market in 2016.

The OPEC Secretariat expressed on Twitter that Barkindo’s death is a “Profound loss to the entire OPEC Family, the oil industry, and the international community.”

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