The former President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Pascal Bafyau, is dead, a family source has said. The source said that Mr. Bafyau, who was 65, died on Tuesday night in Abuja.
In his reaction, NLC president, Abdulwaheed Omar, described Mr. Bafyau’s death as tragic, especially “coming when the congress is still mourning the death of one of our officials”.
Mr. Omar said that this is the first time NLC would be losing any of its presidents since the establishment of the congress.
“It is a very tragic event for us in the labour movement. Since the establishment of the congress, this is the first president to depart.
“Furthermore, it came at a time when we are still mourning one of the junior officers.”
Mr. Omar said that the congress would play an active role in Mr.Bafyau’s burial, adding that the NLC would meet with the family on the burial arrangements.
“It is our event and we have to relate with the family on what to do and definitely NLC will play a very major role in the burial.”
Meanwhile, Tayo Haastrup, the Public Relations Officer of the National Hospital, Abuja, confirmed that Mr. Bafyau’s remains were deposited at the hospital morgue in the early hours of Wednesday.
After Mr. Bafyau left the NLC in 1994, he went into politics and became a member of the defunct Social Democratic Party. Until his death, Mr. Bafyau, who hailed from Adamawa, was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).