President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday congratulated a former Minister of Petroleum, Prof. Tam David-West, ahead of his 80th birthday on Friday.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said Buhari recalled with fond memories, his long-term relationship with the elder statesman when he served as Minister of Petroleum between 1984 and 1985.
Adesina quoted the President as commending David-West’s steadfastness and forthrightness on good governance, democracy, human rights and the unity of Nigeria.
He observed that the elder statesman had remained steadfast, especially when some seem to easily give up on the project of building one great nation.
The statement read in part, “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.
“The President prays that the Almighty God will continue to grant the former minister good health and more fruitful years of service to his fatherland.”