From Austine Tule, Makurdi
Thousands of sympathizers on Thursday throng St Mary’s Catholic Church North-Bank Makurdi to pay their last respect to late Sen. JKN Waku.
Speaking, Governor Samuel Ortom described Chief Waku as a forthright politician who fought tirelessly for the upliftment of his people.
He said Waku also imbibed the strong Christian virtue of forgiveness which he noted stood him tall among politicians of his time.
He noted that the late elder statesman who was never compromising all through his political life stressed the need for younger politicians to emulate his style of politicking saying his death came at a time his wise counsel was most needed.
Ortom however urged the people to take solace in the fact that the late Waku lived a worthy and fulfiled life pointing out that his legacies will continue to linger among generations to come.
On their parts, Sen Waku’s former colleagues at the National Assembly , Prof. Daniel Saror, Ibrahim Mantu and Fred Orti all described their late colleague as an upright person who stood for the truth not minding who’s ox was gurgled.
They expressed sadness that Waku left at a time his fatherly advice was most needed but said, his contributions to the development of the country will never be forgotten.
On his part, a chieftain of the PDP in Benue state Pharm. John Enger who described the Late Waku as his political mentor said Benue had lost one of her most distinguished leaders saying the vacuum created by his death will be difficult to fill.
Waku who held one of the highest honorific titles in Tivland, WANBEAGHER U TIV( The Baby Lion of the Tiv) died after a brief illness in Abuja last month.