Former Senate President, Joseph Wayas, is dead.
Joseph Wayas, who was the Senate President in the Second Republic between 1979 and 1983, died in the early hours of Tuesday at a London hospital at the age of 80 years.
The death of Joseph Wayas was announced by Governor Ben Ayade's spokesman, Christian Ita on Thursday.
Ben Ayade expressed regret at the passing of Joseph Wayas. He described the death as “a monumental loss” to Cross River State in particular and to Nigeria in general.
Governor Ayade’s remark is contained in a statement from his media aide, Christian Ita.
The statement reads: “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,” Ayade was quoted as saying.
“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 stabilising role in the politics and affairs of our state.”
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