The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) on Wednesday, lost its Zonal Vice President, Comrade (Alhaji) Muritala Kaffo, popularly known as Oscar, aged 66.
In a statement signed by the Union’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Comrade John Kennedy Ikemefuna, the deceased died just a day after he had reported to the office.
“His sad event occurred on Wednesday, the 17th of May, 2023. Comrade Kaffo was a devoted Muslim, married with children and aged 66. Kaffo hailed from the Isale Eko area of Lagos State.
“Before his demise, the very agile dockworker, popularly known as “Oscar” was seen at his place of work on Tuesday, 16th of May, 2022″, the statement read.
Ikemefuna added, “Before his death, he was a Unit Chairman and also functioned as District Chairman, Apapa 1; a Zonal Vice President, and lately, a Zonal Coordinator.
“We also recall that he was a very loyal Comrade to the core for the Union and was one of the frontliners of the “Group 999” during the revolution that engulfed the dockworkers and the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria as at the time.
“The late Muritala was a jolly good fellow who made many friends around and outside the Union. He built bridges of friendship across board and was a man who had the fear of God. Little wonder he was that friendly, kind, lovable and cherished amongst his colleagues in the Dock Labour sector”.
He concluded that “Comrade Kaffo will be greatly missed by his numerous friends, colleagues, allies, comrades of all categories and will be fondly remembered by his good deeds.
“We pray that the Almighty Allah, whom he served diligently, will grant him eternal peace as he’s laid to rest. As a Union, we also pray that the Almighty Allah grant his immediate family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss”.
Meanwhile, the President General of MWUN, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, has described the fallen comrade as a dogged fighter for justice and one who sacrificed his all for the good of the Union.
In a chat, the Deputy President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), recounted how “Oscar, under the ‘Group 999’ stood and fought off the stubborn group that tried to hijack the national Secretariat of the Union”.
He noted that it was that struggle and sacrifice that had led to the current peace prevailing in the Union presently.
Adeyanju prayed the Almighty Allah to grant his soul eternal repose and strengthen the family at this trying moment.