Former Nigerian senate President Joseph Wayas has passed away in London after a protracted illness at the age of 80. The former senate president’s death was announced by Cross River’s state governor Ben Ayade who described it as a monumental loss to the country and the state.
“As a state, Cross River is in pains as we mourn the passing of our illustrious son. He was a rare gem. Dr Wayas’ demise 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 of the upper legislative chamber.
“And since his retirement from active politics, the former Senate President had been playing a fatherly and stabilizing role in the politics and affairs of our state.” His death is a “collective loss and the pains a shared one”. “We are with you in this moment of grief. We have you in our hearts and prayers,” he said. Joseph Wayas served as Nigeria’s senate president between 1979 and 1983.
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