Benue State Governor in North Central Nigeria, Samuel Ortom has described the death of Fourth Republic Senator, Joseph Kennedy Nyikwagh Waku as a monumental loss.
Governor Ortom said Senator Waku was his mentor and uncle who was defender of the common man and was also known for forthrightness, courage and love for fellow mankind.
He says Senator Waku was one of his ardent supporters who encouraged him to face the task of governance at very difficult moments.
The Governor states that the late Chief Senator Waku made numerous sacrificial contributions to Nigeria as a nation and Benue State in particular.
Senator Waku was a man who promoted unity, equity, peace and justice for all Nigerians irrespective of ethnicity, religion and political leaning, Governor Ortom said.
He describes the death of Senator Waku as quite painful to the government and people of Benue who have lost one of the modern fathers of the State.
He prays God to grant his gentle soul eternal rest and his family the strength to bear the loss.
Born on June 12, 1946, late Senator Waku hailed from Uvir Council Ward in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.
Senator Waku who represented Benue North West Senatorial District between 1999 and 2003 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, passed away at the National Hospital, Abuja on Sunday at the age of 73.
Until his death, Chief Waku was Pro-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Akure.
Source: Voice of Nigeria