Buhari lauds David-West at 80, says ex- minister an intellectual giant

By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos

President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with a former Minister for Petroleum, Professor Tam David-West who clocked 80on Thursday.In a congratulatory message obtained by BLACKFACE on Thursday, President Buhari praised the Rivers State born scholar for his forthrightness on issues of national importance, saying his intervention on such issues have provided intellectual depth to them (the issues).

A message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina reads in part, “On this special birthday anniversary, President Buhari recalls, with fond memories, his long term relationship with the elder statesman, when he served as Minister of Petroleum, 1984-1985.

“The President commends Prof. David-West’s steadfastness and forthrightness on issues of good governance, democracy, human rights and the unity of Nigeria, especially when some seem to easily give up on the project of building one great nation.

“President Buhari assures the octogenarian that his place in Nigeria’s history is guaranteed for the statesmanship, fearlessness, intellectual depth, resourcefulness and versatility that he brought into public discourse.”

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