Eulogies, As Prof David-West, Philosopher Departs At 83
President Muhammadu Buhari, and Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, are among eminent Nigerians who have paid tributes to a former minister of Petroleum and Energy, and former commissioner for Education in Rivers State, Prof. Tam David-West, who died at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan at the age of 83.
In his condolence message, Buhari expressed deep sorrow at the passage of his ally and friend, a man he usually called “the indomitable Tam David-West.”
According to presidential spokesmen, Mr. Femi Adesina, the late David-West 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,” the president said of the academic, author of many books and social critic.
Also, Gov. Nyesom Wike commiserated with the family of David-West over his passing.
In a statement issued in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said the death of Professor David-West was a huge loss to the people of Rivers State, adding that the late David-West was an accomplished academician who served the country well in various capacities,” he said.
He prayed that God would grant his soul eternal rest and the family the fortitude to bear the loss.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has described the late Prof. Tam David-West as the custodian and repository of university culture.
Chairman ASUU University of Ibadan, Prof. Deji Omole said this in Ibadan on Monday while reacting to the death of Prof Tam David-West described the late don as a great struggler who believed in one Nigeria and also a supporter of the union.
Omole noted that the late don knew and articulated a clear vision of what a University ought to be.