The Former Senate President in the Second Republic Dr. Joseph Wayas is dead.
Dr. Wayas, who has been receiving medical attention for sometime, reportedly died in in a London hospital yesterday.
The ex-National Assembly leader, who represented Ogoja Senatorial District of Cross River State on the platform of defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN)
Cross River Governor Ben Ayade, who confirmed the incident lamented the passing of Wayas, describing his death as a monumental loss to Cross River State in particular and Nigeria as a whole.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Christian Ita, Ayade said Wayas left indelible footprints on the sands of time.
President Muhammadu Buhari, among other eminent Nigerians, yesterday mourned the former senator.
A statement yesterday in Abuja by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, reads: “President Buhari sends condolences to the family of Joseph Wayas on the passing of the legislator, whose influence and contributions to Nigeria’s democracy remain indelible.
“The President notes the sacrifices of Wayas, who started taking up leadership responsibilities at an early age, turning a Senate President at 38, and remaining vibrant and dynamic in mentoring leaders long after he retired from politics.