Former military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida has sent a letter of condolence to the family of Late Senator, Joseph Kenedy Nyikwagh Waku.
The letter signed personally by General Babangida, a copy of which was made available to this newspaper said the news of the Senators death came to him as a great shock further expressing regret that the late Senator “died at a period that Nigeria needed his wisdom, courage, forthrightness and his honesty in dealing with the problems that confront us all.
“Personally, I and my family and our circle of social and political friends have lost a man who had a hilarious sense of humour; who had such a rare talent of making you laugh and feel at ease in the face of very serious challenges.”
Reflecting on the late Senators contribution to national development, Babangida revealed that they have been friends for over forty years.
“Since his election into the Benue State House of Assembly in 1983 on the ticket of the NPP, I have followed his political footsteps closely. Later he participated fully during the transition program of my government when I was the military President of Nigeria. He was a member of the SDP and I paid special attention to his views on local, national and international issues. These views remained consistent when eventually he found himself in the Senate to represent the Benue North West Senatorial District of Benue State in 1999.
“Senator Wakus views on public affairs, whether they concerned Benue, his home State which I know he loved, the defunct Northern Region whose memory he cherished and Nigeria, his country which he was ready to defend with the last drop of his blood were always expressed without fear or care if he offended anybody no matter how powerful. Waku was a rare politician in a country flooded with political timeservers, pretenders and charlatans,
“Since he left the Senate in 2003, I followed his activities as he joined other patriots particularly in the Arewa Consultative Forum, the Nigerian Senators Forum and other patriotic organisations in seeking solutions to the problems which have continued to bedevil our country”, Babangida observed.