President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed “ deep sorrow ” over the death of Prof Tam David – West .
He described the ‘ the indomitable Tam David- West’ as “friend and ally . ”
State House statement conveying the President ’s condolence, reads , partly , “ 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 . ”
It quoted Buhari as saying , “He had an indomitable spirit , stood resolutely by whatever he believed in , and was in a class of his own .
The statement , which was signed the President ’s media aide , Mr Femi Adesina , recalled that David -West was an academic and author of many books .
“ 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 ”, it added .