- Former group managing director of NNPC, Maikanti Baru, has breathed his last
- Baru's death was announced by Mele Kyari, the current GMD of NNPC
- According to a report, Baru lost his mother, sister and son in one year
A report by TheCable indicates that the late former Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Maikanti Baru, lost three immediate members of his family in one year.
Legit.ng gathered that Baru breathed his last on the night of Friday, May 29, according to current GMD of NNPC, Mele Kyari, on Saturday, May 30.
Kyari, who broke the news on his twitter page, did not state the cause of his death, though he was reported to have been sick.
The report said that though Baru's death was shocking, what is perhaps more tragic is that it is another tragedy in a string of tragedies in his family.
The online news medium noted that before he passed, the grim reaper had hit Baru’s family, adding that the deceases lost three immediate members of his family - his mother, sister, and son all in one year.
Baru's son, Mohammed, was reported to have died in May 2017, while in Dubai while he was studying at the American University, Sharjah.
The former NNPC boss lost Mohammed about two weeks after his sister died in the same month. Baru was preparing to depart Nigeria for the 2017 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Texas, the United States when death struck his sister.
He was at the time still mourning Fatima Baru, his mother, who died in her hometown in Misau local government area of Bauchi state.
His mother passed away after a brief illness at the age of 102, leaving behind five children and over 50 grandchildren.
On July 8, 2019, Baru bowed out as the 18th GMD of the NNPC.
At his valedictory session, he spoke of his high hopes for the NNPC and appreciated all those who supported him during his over 1,000 days in office.
While addressing guests at the event, Baru had told Kyari: “Every good parent wants to see his children be better than him; I can’t be better than you. The success of turning around the fortunes of NNPC is a success for all of us.”
To the management team and staff of the NNPC, he had said: “Today is the perfect time for me to say goodbye and take my leave, as I watch and count the successes the corporation will be recording in years to come … long live NNPC, long live the federal republic of Nigeria, bye-bye for now.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Baru died two months away from his 61st birthday.
It was reported that Baru was appointed NNPC GMD by President Muhammadu Buhari in July 2016, a position he held up until 2019.
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