Nigerian Mohamed Barkindo, Secretary General of OPEC, dies

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Mohamed Barkindo.

Photo: AFOLABI SOTUNDE/REUTERS/Deutsche Welle

The death of Mohamed Barkindo was announced on Twitter on Wednesday (06.07.2022) by the managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari.

“We have lost our esteemed Dr. Mohamed Sanusi Barkindo. He died around 11pm last night, July 5, 2022,” Kyari wrote in his tweet. “It is certainly a great loss for his immediate family, the NNPC, our country Nigeria, OPEC and the global energy community. Burial arrangements will be announced shortly, ”concludes her brief statement.

Barkindo first assumed the OPEC general secretariat on August 1, 2016, elected by consensus by all members of the Vienna-based organization, who reappointed him for a second term three years later.

According to the statutes of the organization, a person can only remain for two terms of three years in the highest position of the organization that today has thirteen member countries. Since Barkindo’s second and last term was due to expire on the 31st of this month, OPEC ministers have already appointed his replacement, Kuwaiti Haitham al-Ghais.

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