Former Petroleum Minister, Professor Tamuno David West has died at the age 83.
The Former minister had been on admission for 11 days in a private suite of the University College Hospital Ibadan.
The Public Relations Officer of the UCH, Mr. Toye Akinrinlola, said that the former minister, however, died on Monday morning at 11:05.
Asked further details, Akinrinlola simply said, “He was brought here over a week ago and admitted to a private suite.
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep sorrow at the passage of the former minister who was his longtime ally and friend, a man he usually calls “the indomitable Tam David-West.”
spokesman to President Buhari, Femi Adesina said in brief statement that 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.
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.