Tracking Maikanti Baru’s Footprints Of Oil

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“Nothing is so strong as gentleness, a n d nothing is so gentle as real strength.” This saying captures the life and times of Dr. Maikanti Baru, former Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). He still looms so large in the mirror of life, it is difficult to think he has passed; a passage that tempts one to ask God, “Why?” But no respectable faith permits that question, and, certainly, not Baru’s faith. A God-fearing person, he had gone for a programme in Arabic Studies in Egypt upon retirement to know Allah more and to serve Him by preaching His marvellous works.

This writer got close to him, when without any previous contact, he responded to his message to share some information within five minutes. The communication continued, getting more and more personal until his words, which were filled with wisdom, were silenced by circumstances that led to his death. Dr. Baru was so humble and gentle, one could mistake him for a shy person. He was…



Source: Leadership Newspaper