Death strikes for the fourth time in one year in former NNPC MD family - bows to death Friday Night.

Death struck for the fourth time in one year in the family of a former group managing director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), on Friday night when Maikanti Baru himself passed on.

Baru died after a protracted illness though Mele Kyari, his successor, who disclosed his death on Twitter Saturday morning, did not state the cause of his death.

His death was terrible because it is the fourth in that family within a year. He lost three immediate members of his family; his mother, sister and son —all in one year!

Mohammed, his son, died in May, 2017, while in Dubai. At the time, he was studying at the American University, Sharjah.

Baru lost him about two weeks after his sister died in the same month. The former NNPC GMD was preparing to depart Nigeria for the 2017 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Texas, United States, when death struck his sister.

Also, 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, 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 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 Federal Republic of Nigeria, bye bye for now.”


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