President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the family of Professor Tamunoemi Sokari David-West over the demise of their patriarch.
President Buhari’s condolence message was contained in a statement signed by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, on Monday.
David-West died on Monday at the University College, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The president described the late academic and consultant virologist as a “friend and ally.”
The statement read: “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.
President Buhari commiserated with the family and prayed to God to grant the deceased eternal rest.
“He commiserates with the David-West family, the people of Buguma, Kalabari Kingdom of Rivers State, the academia, and all those who loved ‘the forthright Tam David-West.’
“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”, the statement read.
David-West was born in Buguma, Kalabari, in what is now Rivers State.
He received his higher education at the University of Ibadan (1956–1958) and earned a BSc degree at Michigan State University (1958–1960), an MSc degree at Yale University (1960–1962), and a PhD degree at McGill University. He also served as minister of mines, power, and steel under the administration of General Ibrahim Babangida (1986).