The Senate on Tuesday expressed disappointment over prolonged preservation in mortuary of the remains of former President of Senate in the Second republic, Joseph Wayas fourteen months after death in a London Hospital.Joseph Wayas had died on the 20th of November, 2021and his remains deposited at the morgue of the London Hospital where he was hospitalised.Fourteen months after. the Senate through a motion moved by Senator Gershom Bassey ( PDP Cross Rivers South), declared that the delay in burial of the former Senate President, was embarrassing to the Senate and the Federal Government of Nigeria.The red chamber therefore called on the Federal government to as a matter of urgency, evacuate the remains of the deceased from the London Hospital Mortuary for befitting burial in Nigeria, just as it also called for his immortalization.Senator Bassey in his lead debate on the motion, indicated that the remains of Joseph Wayas has been in mortuary of a London Hospital since November 2021 after his death.He suggested that the Senate should urgently take over the burial plans of the deceased to save the country from further embarrassment.
“It is very worrisome and embarrassing that 14 months after the death of the former Senate President , his remains , still lies in the morgue in UK .
“The Senate needs to as a matter of urgency, intervene by taking over the burial plans of the deceased ” , he said .
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 laise with relevant authorities for way out .
In his remarks, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan , said the delay on the burial of former Senate President, fourteen months after death, was very embarrassing to the National Assembly and the Federal Government.
“This is not a good commentary on us as a country . Unfortunately to stop this type of embarrassment , attempt made last year for Presiding officers of the National Assembly be given medical supports 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 “, he said.