President Muhammadu Buhari expresses deep sorrow at the passage of his ally and friend, a man he usually calls “the indomitable Tam David-West.”
Professor Tamunoemi Sokari David-West, 83, was a consultant virologist of national and international standing. He served as Commissioner of Education in the old Rivers State, Minister of Petroleum and Energy under the Muhammadu Buhari military regime, and Minister of Mines, Power and Steel under Gen. Ibrahim Babangida regime.
“He had an indomitable spirit, stood resolutely by whatever he believed in, and was in a class of his own,” says President Buhari of the academic, author of many books, and social critic.
President Buhari prays that God will rest the soul of the committed nationalist, urging all those who believe in the ideals he espoused to approximate same, for the betterment of Nigeria, and humanity in general.
He stated in a Press statement signed by Paulinus Nsirim, the Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Information and Communications that the death of late Professor David-West is a huge loss to the people of Rivers State.
“Prof. David-West was an accomplished academician who served the country well in various capacities,” he said.
Governor Wike prayed that God will grant his soul eternal rest and the family the fortitude to bear the loss.