From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
Senator Joseph Kennedy Nyikwagh Waku has passed on at the age of 73 years at the National Hospital Abuja.
Undisclosed family sources said the late senator died after a brief illness at about 8 pm on Sunday.
“We are extremely shocked at the death. He looked hale and hearty.
He had gone to the hospital himself only for us to hear that he passed on Sunday. We will greatly miss him. At the moment, some elders of family have gone to Abuja to make arrangements to bring back the corpse and subsequently, his internment”, they said.
When our correspondent visited the residence of late Senator. Waku who until his death was the Pro-chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Akure, Ondo State, several relatives including his elder sister were weeping profusely.
Senator Waku served as senator representing Benue North West Constituency between 1999-2003. He was known to be out-spoken on crucial national issues.
Meanwhile, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has described the death of Senator Joseph Kennedy Nyikwagh Waku as a monumental loss to the state and the country at large.
In a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, 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 human beings.
He also, said that Senator Waku was one of his ardent supporters who encouraged him to face the task of governance at very difficult moments.