It’s absolutely not the best of times for the Group Managing Director (GMD) of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru. It’s like all he holds dear are falling apart and taken from him one after the other.
The anguish from these losses is most definitely too much for one person to bear. Imagine just one person being hit left, right and centre by the cold hands of death, all in the space of just 2 months. First in April of 2017, he lost his mother who resides in Misau, Bauchi State and while still bemoaning his fate; another tragedy jolted him as he lost his sister while preparing for the annual oil and gas conference known as OTC in Houston, Texas.
Then penultimate Thursday, what could break any man occurred. He lost his 18 year-old-son, Mohammed Kawu Baru, a 1st year Architecture major at the American University in Sharjah, who collapsed and gave up the ghost while hiking at Fujairah. The brilliant boy has since been buried at the Sharjah Emirates Cemetery.