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Thank You Gov. Otu As Pa Wayas Finally Arrives Home

Almost three years after his passing, the remains of Dr. Joseph Wayas, former Senate President and elder statesman, have finally arrived in Nigeria. His corpse was received at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja by leaders from Cross River and members of the Who is Who in Northern Cross River Movement.

Dr. Wayas died in November 2021 in a London hospital after a protracted illness. Despite efforts by the previous administration to repatriate his remains, the process was hindered by various obstacles. However, the determination of the Who is Who in Northern Cross River movement and Gov. Bassey Otu, has finally brought the former Senate President home.

The journey to repatriate Dr. Wayas remains was not without its challenges. Many doubted the possibility of success, given the frustrations faced by previous attempts. Nevertheless, the commitment of all parties involved, particularly Gov. Otu who united the Who is Who committee with the government committee and directly engaged diverse stakeholders including the National Assembly leadership, Nigeria High Commission in the U.K, the London Hospital where his corpse was, family, etc has yielded this positive outcome.

I extend my heartfelt gratitude to Gov. Otu for his instrumental role in clearing this shame from all of us. I also commend the efforts of the convener of the Who is Who in Northern Cross River, Sir Dorn Cklaimz Enamhe, Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Kanu Agabi, SAN, Reps. Peter Akpanke and all those who contributed to this progress.

The successful repatriation of Dr. Wayas remains is a prove that with determination and right leadership, no obstacle is insurmountable. Those who were involved in this issue that was increasingly becoming a national embarrassment know that the arrival of his remains in Nigeria is a momentous occasion that has ended a long and challenging journey.

Even in death, his contributions to the nation and his people will never be forgotten, and his memory will continue to inspire and motivate those who knew him. The proper funeral he deserves should be accorded him without further delay.

May his soul continue to rest in peace, and may his legacy inspire future generations

Inyali Peter, Ph.D

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