President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with family and friends of Dr Maikanti Kachalla Baru, the immediate past Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Baru died on Friday after at an Abuja hospital after a brief illness, according to a post on Twitter by Mele Kyari, the current NNPC GMD.
In a statement by Femi Adesina, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, President Buhari recalled the contribution of the late Baru to the oil sector and the NNPC, saying the former GMD “worked very hard to initiate reforms in virtually all departments of the corporation”.
The statement read: “President Muhammadu Buhari condoles with family, friends and professional colleagues of former Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Kachalla Baru.
“The President also commiserates with government and people of Bauchi State, management and staff of NNPC over the passing of the former GMD, who worked very hard to initiate reforms in virtually all departments of the corporation, bringing it up to speed with global trends and best practices.
“President Buhari acknowledges Dr Baru’s contributions to ensuring stability in the oil sector in Nigeria, with a more guaranteed supply and predictable price regime that weakened unscrupulous parallel marketers, especially during festive seasons.
“The President prays that the almighty God will receive the soul of the departed, grant eternal rest, and comfort all who mourn him.”
Baru died at the age of 60.