Former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has described the demise of one of his predecessors, Dr Joseph Wayas as a sad end of an era.
Dr Wayas was the Second Republic President of the Senate during the administration of Alhaji Shehu Shagari between October 1, 1979 and December 31, 1983. Dr Alex Ekwueme was the Vice President while Chief Edwin Ume-Ezeoke was the Speaker, House of Representatives.
The death of Dr Wayas indicated that most of the key players of that era have gone to the great beyond. He was the 4th President of the Nigerian Senate.
Paul Mumeh, the Special Assistant to the former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark in a statement said Mark described the fallen Wayas as a flamboyant, vibrant and distinguished parliamentarian, who left his positive footprints in the sand of time.
Senator Mark paid glowing tribute to Dr Wayas for his invaluable contributions; especially his solid foundation for democracy and the legislature in Nigeria.
He said: ”Senator Wayas was a great nationalist. He was a parliamentarian per excellence. His diligence, honesty and uncommon dedication to the ideals of nationhood remains reference points.
“He brought dignity and respect to the legislature by adhering to the rule of law, separation of power and collaborating with the executive arm of government without compromising the independence of the legislature”.
Senator Mark recalled the wise counsel he received from Dr Wayas while in office as the President of the Senate, adding, “Wayas was always handy anytime we had some knotty issues in the Senate. He called and visited regularly to see how we were fairing.”
His death at this time is a loss to the nation; especially the legislature because “We shall miss his wise counsel and honest contributions to the issues and welfare of Nigerians.”
Senator Mark canvassed that the federal government immortalises Wayas in recognition of his contributions to national development.
He prayed that God grants the deceased eternal rest.