According to the report, Senator Waku died on Sunday, February 3 at the National Hospital in Abuja after a brief illness. Born on June 12, 1946, Senator Waku was elected senator representing Benue north-west district at the National Assembly in 1999, on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
A native of Waku village in Guma local government area of Benue state, Waku was at the Senate between 1999 and 2003. Until his death, Waku was a chieftain of the northern political group, Arewa Consultative Forum.
He was however one of the vocal Benue elders who condemned the incessant killer herdsmen attacks in the state. Waku will best be remembered for his strong opposition to the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo while he was a serving senator.
Meanwhile, what would have been a national disaster was averted on Saturday, February 2, 2019, as the chopper of Nigeria’s vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, crash-landed in Kabba, a town in Kogi state. Osinbajo’s spokesperson, Laolu Aknade, confirmed the incident, but said the vice president was safe and no casualties were recorded.