The sudden passing of OPEC Secretary General Dr. Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo has been characterized by the oil business and the international community as a significant loss for all parties involved, including the organization of petroleum exporting countries (OPEC).
OPEC expressed its sincere condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, loved ones, and Nigeria. It referred to him as the dearly loved head of the OPEC Secretariat.
The group stated that Dr. Barkindo served OPEC for more than 40 years and that he was extremely dedicated to running operations that had a beneficial impact on the global economy and industry.
In a statement obtained by Vanguard, OPEC said specifically: “The OPEC Secretariat learned of the loss of the OPEC Secretary General, His Excellency, Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, in his native country of Nigeria, with tremendous sorrow and regret. His death leaves the whole OPEC family, the oil industry, and the global world in a great loss because he was the dearly loved head of the OPEC Secretariat.
“OPEC offers its sincere condolences to his family, friends, coworkers, close relatives, and his native Nigeria. It is a day when words fall short, but it is also crucial to express our sincere gratitude for HE Barkindo’s more than 40 years of dedicated devotion to OPEC. For many years and decades to come, OPEC will be motivated by his commitment and leadership.
Over the course of the Barkindo’s extensive career, a number of guiding principles have guided him: an infectious passion for the oil industry, a firm conviction in the ability of oil to end poverty, a steadfast dedication to sustainable development, the value of dialogue and multilateralism, and, most important of all, treating everyone with respect and kindness.
“HE Barkindo was a visionary leader and an effective communicator who was instrumental in helping to draft the historic Declaration of Cooperation at the end of 2016 in his capacity as OPEC Secretary General, a position he acquired on August 1, 2016. He was a consummate diplomat in furthering communication and cooperation with a variety of industry stakeholders. He served the Organization with great distinction and assisted it in successfully navigating through two significant industry downturns (2015–2016 and 2020–2021).
In addition to calling him unselfish, the organization said the following about him: “Despite reaching so many career high points, HE Barkindo remained a selfless man of great humility and decency; treating everyone, regardless of status or office, with dignity and civility. a pioneer who is admired and appreciated all across the world. a beloved pal to many.
“Those who had the good fortune to work with and get to know him will miss his warmth, friendliness, and sense of humor. Future business leaders in the sector will be motivated by his example of commitment and duty.
“Until the very end, he remained loyal to his polite personality, always there to listen, provide advice, and demonstrate leadership; a true OPEC icon. His final remarks to friends were that he was relieved that his term as Secretary General was coming to an end, that he had done the best he could in his service, and that he was proud of those who had served beside him.
Through both his words and actions, HE Barkindo improved the Organization’s standing and function as a proactive and responsible partner in the global oil industry. It is likely appropriate to leave the final word to one of Barkindo’s favorite scribes, the renowned poet Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, given his scholarly character and the fact that his lectures frequently included quotations to stress points and ideas.
“Goodbyes are just for people who love with their eyes,” it continued. Because there is no such thing as separation for those who really love.