Paschal Emeka, Abuja

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has described as sad, the passing on of the Secretary-General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Mohammed Barkindo.

The Speaker made this known in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Lanre Lasisi in Abuja.

The statement quoted the Speaker as saying that with Barkindo’s death, Nigeria has lost one of its finest ambassadors, adding that his demise came as a shock to many.

He noted that Barkindo had during his lifetime represented Nigeria on the international scene creditably, noting that his patriotism was second to none.

Gbajabiamila described Barkindo’s period as the OPEC Secretary-General as one of the most momentous in the history of the organization.

While praying for the repose of the soul of Barkindo, the Speaker sent his heartfelt condolences to OPEC, the Nigerian government as well as the people and government of Adamawa State, especially the Barkindo family.

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