Tam David-West, a former minister of petroleum and energy, has died at the age of 83.
In a statement on Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari mourned the late statesman whom he described as his ally and friend.
The circumstances that led to David-West’s demise is yet to be confirmed.
He served as minister of petroleum and energy under Buhari’s military regime as well as minister of mines, power, and steel under former military president Ibrahim Babangida.
He was also a commissioner of education in the old Rivers state, and was described by the president as “a consultant virologist of national and international standing”.
A statement by Garba Shehu, Buhari’s spokesman, quoted the president as saying David-West had “an indomitable spirit, stood resolutely by whatever he believed in, and was in a class of his own”.
“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”,” the statement added.
“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.”
David-West wrote many books and was a social critic who spoke strongly on national issues.