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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Gov Ayade, Obasanjo Mourn As Wayas Dies At 80

                  •Senator Joseph Wayas


The Daily Crucible | Published  Thursday, December 2, 2021

By Mick Oseji, South South Bureau, Asaba

The Second Republic President of the Nigerian Senate, Joseph Wayas, is Dead, 
Christian Ita, special adviser to the Cross River State governor,  Ben Ayade, on media and publicity, has said just as former President Olusegun Obasanjo said the late octogenarian would be sorely missed.

Wayas died was said to have died on Tuesday November 30, 2021 in a London hospital.

Wayas was born May 21, 1941and was  the senate president between 1979 and 1983 during the Administration of President Sheu Shagari and during that period, contributed to the deepening of Nigeria’s democratic ethos through his robust and vibrant leadership of the upper legislative chamber, according to Ayade.

“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.

“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.
“We are with you in this moment of grief. We have you in our hearts and prayers," Ayade was quoted as saying.

Wayas lived for welfare and security of common man - Obasanjo 

Reacting to the passing,  Obasanjo disclosed that Dr. Joseph Wayas lived for the welfare and security of the common man.

Obasanjo, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, on Thursday, lamented that the federal lawmaker, during the administration of President Shehu Shagari in 1979, would "be sorely missed in view of his giant political strides and contributions to the building of the Nigerian nation, starting from his birth place, Bassang, in Cross River State, to every nook and cranny of the country.

“Dr. Wayas was a special breed who contributed immensely to the development of the country and became a parliamentarian in the Second Republic. 

"He was such a great patriot who had contributed his own quota to the legislative governance and overall development of Nigeria. He always pitched its tent with the truth. He maintained a cordial relationship with his colleagues in the Senate and well-groomed in legislative practices and procedures," Obasanjo was quoted as having said.

His knowledge of practices and procedures of the Senate, according to Obasanjo "helped him greatly in running the affairs of the Senate. He demonstrated high level of maturity and level-headedness. His disposition towards effective nation building remains unparalleled. 

"He lived for the welfare and security of the common man. His passion about a better and safer society was exceptional. His steadfastness, commitment to the cause of one Nigeria and optimistic spirit towards national development will continue to inspire us both now and in the future.”

The former President also described Dr. Wayas’ death as painful and commiserated with his family, Governor Benedict Ayade, the entire people of Cross River State, as well as all associates of the late statesman across the country over the unfortunate incident.

He urged the family of the deceased, the government and people of Cross River State, “to be comforted by the fact that Dr. Wayas served God and mankind diligently and worked hard to make his country great.” He added that “the deceased left a worthy legacy of selfless service and a good name.”

Obasanjo also prayed that, “May Almighty God grant the late leader a place among the righteous ones in paradise”, adding: “May God also grant members of his immediate family, the people and government of Cross River State, the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.”


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