President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with eminent academic and former federal minister, Professor Tamunoemi Sokari David-West, on his 80th birthday.
In a congratulatory message to Prof. David-West on Thursday, the president recalled with fond memories, his long-term relationship with the elder statesman when he served as Minister of Petroleum from 1984-1985 when Buhari was military head of state.
According to a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, Mr. Buhari commended 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”.
He assured 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.
President Buhari prayed that the almighty God continue to grant David-West good health and more fruitful years of service to his fatherland.