Prominent Nigerian academic, social critic, and former minister Tam David West nicknamed “indomitable” is dead

Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon is an investigative journalist and publisher of TODAY NEWS AFRICA L.L.C. based in Washington, District of Columbia, U.S.A. His twitter handle is @simonateba and his email is simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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Tamunoemi Sokari David-West, popularly known as Tam David-West, a consultant virologist, academic, social critic and former federal minister in Nigeria is dead. He was 83.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday expressed deep sorrow at the passage of his ally and friend, a man he usually called “the indomitable Tam David-West.”

David West 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,” said President Buhari of the academic, author of many books, and social critic.

He commiserated 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 prayed 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.

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