OrderPaperToday – President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has mourned the death of a former occupier of the office, Senator Joseph Wayas, who was announced dead in the early hours of Thursday.

Senator Wayas was the Senate President during the defunct Second Republic of 1979 to 1983.

In a statement by Ola Awoniyi, Special Adviser (Media) to the President of the Senate, Lawan conveyed condolences to the family of the late elder statesman, the Government and People of Cross River State, friends and political associates of the late elder statesman.

He described his death as a great loss for Nigeria.

“Senator Joseph Wayas was a great lawmaker and political leader who served his country and people with dedication and integrity.

“As the Senate President in the Second Republic, Senator Wayas led the upper chamber with competence and passion. He was a great symbol of his political era.

“Senator Wayas continued to contribute to nation-building, democracy and socio-economic development of Nigeria even after he left public office in 1983.

“He played a significant role as Deputy Chairman of the 1994 – 95 National Constitutional Conference and took part in many other national assignments.

“Nigeria will sorely miss his wealth of experience,” Lawan said.

The Senate President prays to God to grant his gentle soul a sweet repose and to his loved ones the fortitude to bear his loss.

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