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Joseph Wayas: Atiku, Others Mourn Late Former Senate President

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Joseph Wayas: Atiku, Others Mourn Late Former Senate President

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, has described the late former president of the Senate, Dr. Joseph Wayas as a firm believer of federalism.

He also said the late Wayas worked hard to uphold the unity of the nation .

Mustapha disclosed this in a statement by the Director of Information, Office of the Secretary of the Government of the Federal, Willie Basset.

The statement was titled, “SGF mourns death of Dr. Joseph Wayas”

It read, “The SGF mourns the death of the former President of the Senate, Dr. Joseph Wayas, who died on Tuesday 30th November 2021, in a London hospital.

Late Dr. Joseph Wayas was a Second Republic President of the Senate from 1979 – 1983. He was also a member of the Constituent Assembly between 1977- 1978 as well as a member of the National Political Reform Conference from 2005 -2006.

SGF describes Dr. Wayas as an astute politician, a firm believer in federalism, who worked hard to ensure oneness and indivisibility of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He laments that he died at a time his wise counsel would be needed at this point of the nation’s history.

He commiserates with the Government and the people of Cross River State, his immediate family and political associates and prays to God to grant the soul of the departed eternal rest.

Also, the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, and the incoming National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Iyiochia Ayu, have expressed grief over the death of Wayas.

Wayas, was said to have died in London after a brief illness at the age of 80.

Atiku in a statement titled: ‘Joseph Wayas was a consummate politician and democrat, detribalized Nigerian,’ from the Atiku Media Office, in Abuja, on Thursday, described the late Wayas as a consummate politician and democrat, and a detribalized Nigerian.

The former Vice President said the late elder statesman contributed immensely to the enthronement of democracy in Nigeria and will, forever be remembered as one who served the country well and served his people with passion.

Atiku was quoted as saying, “The legacy of his political beliefs and triumphs will be important footnotes in the literature of Nigeria’s government and politics for generations yet to come.

He prayed to God to grant the family of the late politician as well as the government and people of Cross River State the fortitude to bear the loss.

Speaking in a similar vein, Ayu, joined millions of Nigerians to mourn the passing of the elder statesman.

n a statement titled: ‘Joseph Wayas was a consummate politician and democrat, detribalized Nigerian,’ signed by his Media Office, in Abuja, on Thursday, Ayu said, “I join millions of Nigerians across different strata of life mourning the passing of this great Nigerian statesman.

He dedicated his life to the service of his Fatherland.

He was a great man, a quintessential democrat and an outstanding statesman who has left very bold prints both on the politics and political history of Nigeria.

As Senate President in the Second Republic, he brought stability, style and depth to his leadership of the National Assembly at the time.

Even after the collapse of the Second Republic, Wayas continued to be a stabilizing force. We recall his work as a statesman at the 1994 Constitutional Conference.

I wish to convey my heartfelt condolences to his family, the people and government of Cross River State as well as the Federal Government of Nigeria.

He equally prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased.

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Boarded MaxAir Passengers Disgruntled Over Delay Caused By NCAA

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Passengers of MaxAir airline were aggrieved over the delay caused by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) after boarding.

It was learned that the NCAA had stopped the already taxiing airline, to carry out a safety inspection on the airplane.

The VM1609 of MaxAir flight was to depart to Lagos from the Abuja airport.

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According to an official report, the flight was stopped due to technical issues as commuters were left stranded in the aircraft.

Narrating the event, a passenger named Raymond had explained how the 11.30 am flight had moved some distance on the tarmac preparatory for take-off before it was eventually turned back to the hangar and parked.

When contacted to explain what actually happened, the Station Manager for MaxAir at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Kehinde Ogunyale, said the aircraft had to follow the rules of the aviation industry regulator-NCAA.

“It was just a delay on the flight, nothing like stranded passengers please, and it is because we were told that the NCAA wanted to do an inspection. That was it,” he told our correspondent.

Ogunyale added, “So the delay came because we were waiting for the NCAA to do the inspection. There is nothing like stranded passengers on our flight.

“The aircraft was ready to take off and they said they wanted to do an inspection on the flight. So the time spent had to do with waiting for the NCAA officials to do the inspection.

“After the inspection, the flight was meant to take off and as I am talking to you now I’ve just got information that the plane is now taxiing for take-off.”

It was learnt that the flight finally took off around 2 pm after the civil aviation authority had completed the safety inspection on the aircraft.

Although the spokesperson for NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, stated that he had yet to be briefed on the MaxAir incident in Abuja when contacted, he explained that it was a standard practice to inspect an aircraft, especially whenever a pilot raised a concern.

“The pilot might have noticed an issue and might have called the NCAA to inspect the plane. So it is a standard practice to carry out such inspection before clearing the aircraft for takeoff,” he stated.

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BREAKING: Kanu’s Trial Adjourned

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BREAKING: Kanu's Trial Adjourned

Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), would again appear before a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, as his trial was adjourned today (Tuesday, January 18).

The court adjourned Kanu’s trial after the IPOB leader complained that the federal government didn’t serve him the fresh 15 amended charges on time.

Kanu, through his team of lawyers led by Mike Ozoekhome (SAN), informed the court that the amended charges were served to them barely 24 hours prior to the former’s appearance in court, which they argued was a limited time for them.

My Lord, the proposed amended charges were served on us yesterday (Monday) evening. As I speak to you, my lord, the defendant, who was just brought in, has not even seen the charges which he is being told to enter his plea.

With due respect, that is not justice. It is ambushing. I know that the Administration of Criminal Justice Act allows the Federal Government to amend, but this is the sixth amendment they are making, and each time they do it, they serve us a day to the hearing, just to frustrate the trial,” Ozekhome stated.

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