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Message of Condolences from the Secretary General on the death of H.E. Dr. Barkindo, Secretary-General of OPEC (delivered on 6 July 2022 during the Nigerian National Energy Summit)

It is with deep sadness that I have been informed of the unexpected death of Secretary General Barkindo of OPEC here in Abudja - at the very same time when I myself am on mission to meet the officials of many Nigerian governmental authorities, in order to exchange views about the Energy Charter Treaty and its modernisation process.

Dr. Mohammad Barkindo, a Nigerian politician and long-serving Secretary-General of OPEC, died at the age of 63 - just days before he was set to finish his term at the organization.

The international energy community has lost a respected and forward-looking leader - who cannot be easily replaced. It is a great loss to his immediate family, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the whole nation of Nigeria, as well as OPEC and the global energy community.

I and the entire team of the Energy Secretariat stands with his family, the OPEC staff, and the Nigerian authorities and its people in those difficult moments.