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Lawmakers lament ex-Senate President’s delayed burial



The Senate on Tuesday frowned on continued stay in mortuary of the remains of a former Senate President in the Second Republic, Joseph Wayas, 14 months after his death in a London hospital.

Wayas, after being hospitalised in London,  died on November 20 and his remains were deposited at the morgue of the hospital.

The Senate, through a motion moved by Senator Gershom Bassey from Cross Rivers South), declared that the delay in the burial of the former Senate President was embarrassing to the Senate and the Federal Government.

The Senate consequently called on the Federal governmentto, as a matter of urgency, evacuate the remains of the deceased from the London hospital and give him a befitting burial in Nigeria.

The lawmakers added that Wayas should be immortalised.

Bassey had, in his lead debate on the motion, suggested that the Senate should urgently take over the burial plans of the deceased to save the country from further embarrassment.

He stated, “It is very worrisome and embarrassing that 14 months after the death of the former Senate President, his remains still lie in the morgue in the UK.

“The Senate needs to, as a matter of urgency, intervene by taking over the burial plans of the deceased.”

Many of the senators, like Jibrin Barau ( APC Kano North ), Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi ( APC Niger North), Uche Ekwunife ( PDP Anambra Central) and Enyinnaya Abaribe ( APGA Abia South), expressed sadness on the development and called on the Senate to liaise with relevant authorities for a way out.

In his remarks, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, said,  “This is not a good commentary on us as a  country. Unfortunately, to stop this type of embarrassment, an attempt made last year for Presiding officers of the National Assembly to be given medical support for life by Nigeria was rejected by us during voting on constitution amendments.

“The embarrassment at hand with  the Joseph Wayas remains calls for reflection and I hope the 10th Assembly will do the needful.”

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