The Nigeria’s former Senate President, in the Second Republic between 1979 and 1983, Joseph Wayas, has been reported dead, in the early hours of Tuesday at a London hospital at the age of 80 years.
Penpushing reports that, Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade, in a statement by his media aide, Christian Ita expressed regret at the passing of Wayas, describing the death as a monumental loss to Cross River State.
The Governor noted that the deceased has left indelible footprints on the sands of time, adding that the death was a major loss to Nigeria, as a country, stressing that Cross River State, where the deceased came from was in pain.
“As a state, Cross River is in pain as we mourn the passing of our illustrious son. He was a rare gem. The demise of Dr Wayas is indeed a monumental loss to our dear state and Nigeria. As Senate President, Dr Wayas contributed to the deepening of Nigeria’s democratic ethos through his robust and vibrant leadership. Since his retirement from active politics, the former senate president had been playing a fatherly and stabilising role in the politics and affairs of our state,” the statement read.
Penpushing further reports that, the Governor in the statement condoled with the family of late former Senate President, emphasising that his demise was a collective loss and the pains a shared one”.
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