Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has disclosed that the late Senate President, Dr. Joseph Wayas, lived for the welfare and security of the common man.
The late Senate president died early hours of Wednesday, in the United Kingdom following an illness at the age of 80.
Obasanjo, in a statement, signed his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, on Thursday in Abeokuta noted that Wayas would be sorely missed in view of his giant political strides.
The former president noted that Wayas contributed to the building of the Nigerian nation, starting from his birthplace, Bassang, in Cross River 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 was well-groomed in legislative practices and procedures,” Obasanjo said.
His knowledge of practices and procedures of the senate, according to Obasanjo helped him greatly in running the affairs of the upper chamber of the parliament.
Obasanjo explained that Wayas demonstrated a high level of maturity and level-headedness, saying his disposition towards effective nation-building remained unparalleled.
“He lived for the welfare and security of the common man.
His passion for 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,” he said.
The former president described the death as painful and commiserated with his family, Gov. Benedict Ayade, the entire people of Cross River and all associates of the late statesman.
Obasanjo prayed to the Almighty God to grant the late leader a place among the righteous ones in paradise.
“May God also grants members of his immediate family the people and government of Cross River, the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” he said.
Background information shows that Dr Joseph Wayas who was senate president from 1979-1983 died in London this morning.
He was born on may 21 1941 in Basang Obudu, in Cross Rivers state.
He was deputy chairman of the 1994 national constitution conference that organised the national conference.
He was fluent in Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba languages having married a Yoruba woman as first wife.