President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has expressed sadness over the demise of Chief Frank Kokori, a former Secretary-General of the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG).
Tinubu described him as an uncompromising democrat.
In a statement signed by the President’s Spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale, President Tinubu condoled with the family, the civil society, the government, and the people of Delta State over the “painful loss of Pa Kokori”.
The president described the former labour leader as a man of conscience, highly principled, courageous, and true :
“Frank Kokori was a thoroughbred democrat and activist.
“He fought for democracy at a great personal cost. He surrendered his liberty to fight for truth and justice.
“He was the finest among reformers and champions of civil rights in Nigeria.
“He was a brother in the June 12 struggle. He was uncompromising, unbending, and irrepressible.
He was an exemplary comrade.”
While praying for the repose of the soul of the deceased, President Tinubu encouraged those he left behind to take comfort in his treasurable legacy.
The late elder statesman, Pa Kokori, was a foremost figure in the struggle for the validation of the annulled June 12, 1993, presidential election won by late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, a.k.a MKO Abiola.
The Trade Union veteran died on Thursday, December 7, 2023, coincidentally on his birthday at exactly 80 years of age.
The octogenarian had been in his sickbed at Mount Horeb Clinic, Warri, Warri South local government area of Delta State, over a kidney-related ailment since early November this year. (vitalnewsngr.com)