Former Nigerian Senate President, Senator David Mark has lamented over the death of Senator Joseph Kennedy Waku.
Waku who represented Benue North West in the Senate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) between 1999 and 2003, died on Sunday night.
Reacting to the demise of Senator Waku in Abuja today, Senator Mark recalled the contributions of Waku to socio-economic and political development of Benue state adding “he was a foremost stakeholder in Benue Politics”.
In a statement by Paul Mumeh,
Media Assistant to Mark, he noted that Waku was a patriotic Nigeria who called a spade its rightful name no matter whose ox was gored. He stood for the truth at all times. He never pretended. He was brutally frank”.
Senator Mark recalled the exploits of Waku in the Senate during his stint in the Upper Legislative chamber saying that the late lawmaker never compromised on welfare and well being of the oppressed.
The former Senate President noted that Waku was a fearless parliamentarian who was a voice for the voiceless in the society.
According to Mark: “His death at this time is devastating”. His wealth of experience would have been handy in resolving the many knotty political problems confronting the nation at the moment.
“I have lost a dependable brother and friend.
Benue state and indeed Nigeria have lost an unrepentant patriot and democrat. We shall miss Waku for his steadfastness, humour and pragmatism.
Until his death, he was the Pro-chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure,
Late Waku was born on June 12, 1946 and hails from Guma local government area.