Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, yesterday in Calabar expressed grief over the death of Second Republic Senate President, Dr. Joseph Wayas. He described his death as “a monumental loss’’ to Cross River in particular and to Nigeria in general. Wayas died in the early hours of Tuesday at a London hospital at the age of 80 years. The late Senate President between 1979 and 1983 was born on May 21, 1941. Governor Ayade’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Christian Ita, said in a statement that the governor said that the Late Wayas left indelible footprints on the sands of time.
The statement added: “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. Joseph Wayas is indeed a monumental loss to our dear state and the country. “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.” Ayade, therefore, condoled with the Wayas family, assuring that his demise was a collective loss and the pain, a shared one. “We are with you in this moment of grief. We have you in our hearts and prayers,’’ the government said.