President Muhammadu Buhari, scholars, and many other politicians yesterday paid glowing tributes to late Prof Tam David-West of the University of Ibadan for his sterling qualities of transparency and zero tolerance for corruption.
The event was the commendation service in honour of the former Minister of Petroleum and Energy, which held at the Chapel of the Resurrection, University of Ibadan, Ibadan. West died on November 11, 2019 at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.
President Buhari who was represented by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, as well as, the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva urged Nigerians to emulate West’s attributes of patriotism, hard work and transparency for the betterment of Nigeria.
At the event, which had the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki also in attendance, Sylva said: “Nigerians should learn how to be straight forward, how to have zero tolerance for corruption that is what he stood for. And that is the kind of attitude we need from Nigerians. If all of us should imbibe what David-West believed in, Nigeria will make more progress.
“For me it was a departure of a titian. He was in the Ministry of Petroleum, I am now following in his footsteps in the Ministry of Petroleum. This is the time I had thought we really needed him. I Personally needed him at this time to guide me in the discharge of my duty as a Minister of State for Petroleum.
“But unfortunately, he is gone but the Lord knows best. We are encouraged by the fact that he left beautiful and brilliant children that will continue to work with us,” Sylva said.
In his tribute, Femi Adesina said the deceased worked assiduously to ensure his boss’ emergence as President of Nigeria, adding that David-West defended the administration with publications, especially in the newspapers to disabuse minds of people against a campaign of calumny that Buhari wanted to Islamise the country.
Adesina, described the late Professor of Virology as someone the president has high regards for and one who relates well with people regardless of their class.