The death of the widow of a former President of the Senate, Dr. Joseph Wayas, Abiola, has been described as startling and devastating by the Governor of Cross River State, Prof Ben Ayade.
Abiola died less than a month after her husband died in a London hospital.
In a statement by his Deputy Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Linus Obogo, Ayade said, “it is a blow too heavy to take, especially when we are still struggling to come to terms with the painful death of her husband and father, Dr. Joseph Wayas.”
The governor who described Abiola’s death as depressing and a great loss for both her family and the state, said “It is an unacceptable moment for me to hear of her departure, because I was not prepared for this, not when we are still planning for the funeral of her husband and former Senate President, Dr. Joseph Wayas.”
Prof. Ben said she is “one of the most cheerful, clever and charming women whom I have ever met in my life. I would like to convey my condolences and those of the state to her family. This is really a great loss for all of us.”
The governor disclosed the qualities of dead woman as “selflessness, devotion to her family and community as well as her perseverance, determination and burning desire to provide mentorship to all women were hallmarks of her exemplary life,” noting that “these qualities will be remembered forever.”