Former NLC President, Pascal Bafyau, Dead

Pascal Bafyau
By SaharaReporters, New York

A former president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr. Pascal Bafyau, yesterday died of a heart attack, at the age of 67.

 

 Mr. Bafyau, who was the president of the NLC between 1988 and 1994, died in Abuja on his way to the National Hospital after suffering cardiac arrest at his residence.

 

In a statement, Mr. Abdulwahed Omar, the current president of the NLC, said Mr. Bafyau will be best remembered for his efforts to achieve a strong and united Labour Movement, which was achieved in 1988 by the uniting of the two factions of the Congress, the Democrats and Progressives. 

 

Outside the NLC’s internal struggles, Mr. Bafayu, who hailed from Adamwa State, came under intense criticism for conniving with the military government and selling pro-democracy activists out during the tumultuous years following the annulment of the June 12 presidential elections in 1993.

 

 

Statement By current NLC President Abdulwahed Omar:

 

PASCHAL BAFYAU: LABOUR GIANT, PASSES  ON!

It is with shock and deep sorrow but with total submission to the Almighty, that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) announces the passing away of its former President, Comrade Paschal Myeleri Bafyau.

 

Comrade Bafyau who passed on at 11.30pm on Tuesday 15th May, 2012 was the Congress President from 1988 to 1994.  The five years he was NLC President were the turbulent years of the Generals Babangida and Abacha regimes. Comrade Bafyau had been elected NLC President in December 1988 after a ten-month seizure of the Congress by the Babangida regime.  His Presidency ended in 1994 when the Military under General Abacha again seized the Congress.

 

Despite this turbulent period in the country’s history, which included the June 12 crises, Comrade Bafyau made remarkable achievements as NLC President.  These include the building of the 12-Storey Labour House in Abuja, establishment of the Labour Transport Service (now Labour City Transport), the founding of the now defunct Labour Bank (LACON),  and the establishment of the old Labour Party in 1989.

 

But perhaps what he would be best remembered for was the strive for a strong and united Labour Movement. This, saw in 1988, the uniting of the two factions of the NLC, the Democrats and Progressives, which were engaged in a fratricidal ideological struggle.

 

Bafyau was Board Chairman of the National Mass Education Commission from 2009, member of the 1986 Political Bureau and the 1987 Constituent Assembly.  He was also a Board member of the Urban Development Bank (UDBN), the Nigeria Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA), and the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF). 

 

Comrade Bafyau dedicated his adult life to the Labour Movement beginning from 1969 when at 22, he was elected the North East Branch Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Railwaymen (NUR), and rose to be the NUR General Secretary in 1982.

 

Throughout his life, Comrade Bafyau lived in the best traditions of the Labour Movement. He worked hard for sustainable democracy in the country. He also shunned material things; despite the height he attained in labour and politics, as at the time of his death, he lived in a rented house in Abuja.

 

His death is a big blow to the Labour Movement and the democratic process in the country.

Adieu, Comrade Paschal Bafyau!

 

 

Abdulwahed Omar

President

 

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wia do pple get off

I am a firm believer in everybody has his or her opinion reli but at the same time I have come to learn things aint always as dey seem.The death of Pascal Bafyau is a blow still even at this point 6months on but the hateful remarks written about him leave a bitter taste if he was such a thief,greedy,selfish man Y then has he no material assets to talk about 2day he lived in a rented house till he died,if he sold nija out Y wasn't he carried along 2 der land of honey?my fellow nigerians let's do fact findings 1st b4 we jump pls

Commiseration

Rest in peace Comrade Pascal Bafyau......I remembered our sojourn at Lagos head quarters of Nlc,at the early 90's during the heat of struggle with the Niger-duck of Dr N Ozobia, you thought us not to fear to negotiate and never negotiate out of fear, this ideology has lead my in most of my life encounter and endeavour, you are a fine officer and a complete gentleman. Rest in the hand of God, Amen

A SCOUNDREL!

Must people always say something good about a dead person? Just where are all the fine things being said about Bafyau coming from? We cannot be persuaded to forget the ignobe roles he played in the 1990s. The guy was bad. Simple. He was a sell-out, he was amoral, he was greedy! In candid words, Bafyau was not a good man. We should, therefore, not rewrite/revise history.

Bafyau Connived With His Northern Brothe Abacha and Sold Out On

He Is Dead but June 12 lives just like Biafra and both are forever evergreen unklike men of vanity with twitchy fingers, ready to sell everything for nothing

Bafyau is dead

RIP VERY SORRY . THIS IS WHY MEN SHOULD TAKE LIFE EASY .

Too much bribry money gives

Too much bribry money gives heart attack others bewear its coming to you all very soon.

And June 12 is Still Alive!

And June 12 Lives on! Better to Stand on the right side of history because it will outlast whatever we feel we want to achieve in the short span of human life.

Yes, minus 1

Yesso. Another one down, few more to go.

I Remember him, do you...

May his soul rest in peace...

But i remember him and what part he played in NIgeria's history...

We are not to speak evil of the dead but really....

Everyone is dying of heart

Everyone is dying of heart attack. This is an epidemic, worse than HIV/AIDS. The sad thing is, it doesnt offer the victim second chance to life. The government should start a massive campaign and enlightenment on this deadly attack. Nonetheless, RIP to Bafyau!

RIP COMRADE.....

Rest in peace Comrade Pascal Bafyau......I remembered our sojourn in APP before it became ANPP.....you are complete gentleman. RIP

- 1

MINUS ONE!

GONE TOO SOON

IS INEVITABLE

Omar which labour giant you

Omar which labour giant you dey talk about? Dis Pascal Bafiayu man join with Babangida and evil general Sani Abacha to ruin Naija, and here you dey release yeye talk say dis Pascal be dis be dat. Dis Pascal man spoil our struggle for June 12 sotaay dat devil Abacha jail Ovie Kokorie and plenty plenty better people wey want better Naija. Una don see now say nobody go live for dis earth forever, so who wan steal continue to dey steal for government one day Naija people go remember you as evil person just like evil gen. Sani Abacha, evil gen. Ibrahim Babangida, evil gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, evil gen. David Bonaventure Mark, evil gen. Jeremiah Useni, evil major Al Mustapha and who go forget their errand boy esu son Arthur Nzeribe of ABN - association of bitter and bastardised Naijans

Bafyau is dead

RIP VERY SORRY . THIS IS WHY MEN SHOULD TAKE LIFE EASY .

Omar which labour giant you

Omar which labour giant you dey talk about? Dis Pascal Bafiayu man join with Babangida and evil general Sani Abacha to ruin Naija, and here you dey release yeye talk say dis Pascal be dis be dat. Dis Pascal man spoil our struggle for June 12 sotaay dat devil Abacha jail Ovie Kokorie and plenty plenty better people wey want better Naija. Una don see now say nobody go live for dis earth forever, so who wan steal continue to dey steal for government one day Naija people go remember you as evil person just like evil gen. Sani Abacha, evil gen. Ibrahim Babangida, evil gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, evil gen. David Bonaventure Mark, evil gen. Jeremiah Useni, evil major Al Mustapha and who go forget their errand boy esu son Arthur Nzeribe of ABN - association of bitter and bastardised Naijans

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