Former chairman of Apapa Local Government Area of Lagos State, between 1999 and 2002, Senator Munir Adekunle Muse is dead; aged 81.
Announcing the death of the former senator, who represented Lagos Central senatorial district in the National Assembly, his son, Sulaimon Muse, described his father as a kind-hearted, saying, “I just lost a very caring and kind-hearted father, Senator Munirudeen Adekunle Muse.
“I saw you last, right inside the Lagos Central mosque. I never knew that was the last time I would set my eyes on you alive.
“I called you two Fridays ago. You even called me back thereafter, and we discussed. I never knew you were saying goodbye to me.”
Senator Muse was born on May 17, 1939 in Olowogbowo, Central Lagos; and joined the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, in 1961 as a clerk, and rose through the ranks to become the head of Lilypond Container Terminal, Ijora, in 1993.
Between 1980 and 1984, he served as NPA’s representative in London and was appointed Traffic Manager of roll-on roll-off (roro) operations at the then RORO Port in present day Tin Can Island Port Complex.
After retiring from the NPA, he joined politics in 1998 and won election as executive chairman of Apapa Local Government Area on the platform of Alliance for Democracy, AD, from 1999 to 2002.
He was appointed the executive secretary of the council in 2002 and ran again fro the chairmanship in 2004 and won.
In April 2007, the late Muse ran for the Senate on the ticket of the defunct Action Congress, AC, and was elected senator representing Lagos Central in the Senate, where he was member of the Senate Committees on States and Local Government; Solid Minerals; Police Affairs; National Planning; Marine Transport; Interior Affairs and Air Force.
In 2011, he lost the Lagos Central senatorial ticket to Oluremi Tinubu, wife of former governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Muse died barely two weeks after his 80th birthday.
The immediate past chairman of APC in Lagos, Henry Ajomale, said, “He is a community mobiliser and leader from Apapa. He is a gentleman, a pillar for our party, and one of the architects of APC in this state.”