The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has mourned the death of the Secretary-General of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Mohammed Barkindo.
Lawan describes the sudden death of Barkindo, who was to conclude his second term at OPEC at the end of July, as tragic.
He 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.