Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday commiserated with the leadership and members of ASUU on the tragic death of its former President, Dr Festus Iyayi.
This is disclosed in a statement issued in Abuja by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati.
The president extended his sincere condolences to the family, friends and associates of the former ASUU president.
Abati said that the president joined ASUU and the families in mourning the renowned academic and award-winning writer.
He recalled that Iyayi rose to national prominence in the 1980s with his courageous leadership of ASUU and struggle for a better working environment for teachers and academics in the nation’s university system.
Abati said the president “is particularly dismayed by the fact that Iyayi has sadly lost his life while going to contribute to efforts to finally resolve the current ASUU strike.”
He said that the president prayed that God will comfort all who mourn Iyayi and grant his soul eternal rest.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Iyayi died in a motor accident in Lokoja on Tuesday.