By Ononye VC
The governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade, broke the news in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Christian Ita, on Thursday.

The Second Republic Senate President died in a London hospital, it was reported.

In the statement, Prof. Ayade said the death of Wayas is a monumental loss to Cross River State in particular and Nigeria as a whole.

Ayade said: “As a state, Cross River is in pains as we mourn the passing of our illustrious son. He was a rare gem. Dr Wayas’ demise is indeed a monumental loss to our dear state and Nigeria,” Ayade was quoted as saying in the statement.

According to the Governor: “As Senate President, Dr Wayas contributed to the deepening of Nigeria’s democratic ethos through his robust and vibrant leadership of the upper legislative chamber.

“And 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.”

He consoled with Wayas’ family, assuring them that his demise is a collective loss and the pains a shared one.

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