By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Former President, Chief 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 after illness at age 80.
Obasanjo, in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi said: “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 birthplace, 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.”
His knowledge of practices and procedures of the Senate, according to Obasanjo “helped him greatly in running the affairs of the Senate.
He noted that the deceased demonstrated high level of maturity and level-headedness, adding that his disposition towards effective nation-building remains unparalleled.