President Jonathan has received the shocking news of the death on Tuesday of former President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Paschal Bafyau at the age of 65.
In a statement by the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, on Wednesday, May 17, the President described the late labour leader as "an unassuming man," who was passionate about labour issues and the interest of workers.
"Bafyau displayed level-headedness, pragmatism and a good sense of reason while negotiating with government officials over the welfare of Nigerian workers," the President said.
President Jonathan also praised Bafyau's stint in politics at both national and state levels and his contributions to the sustenance of enduring democracy, adding that the Adamawa Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in particular and the party at the national level, will miss Bafyau's moderating influence and grassroots mobilisation capacity.
The President commiserated with the Bafyau family, the labour community and the PDP, urging them to take comfort in the fact that the late Comrade was a leading figure in the country's labour movement where he carved a niche for himself.
President Jonathan prayed that God should give the bereaved the fortitude to bear the loss of Comrade Bafyau.