The presidency has said President Bola Tinubu has received the news of the passing of Frank Kokori, former Secretary General of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), with deepest sympathies.
Ajuri Ngelale, presidential spokesman, in a statement said Tinubu condoled with his family, the civil society, the government, and the people of Delta State over what he called “the deeply painful loss” of the elder statesman who was a foremost figure in the June 12 struggle at 80.
President Tinubu, according to the statement, 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,” the president added in the statement where he also described the late Pa Kokori as the hero of the June 12 struggle.
President Tinubu, while praying for the repose of the soul of the deceased, encouraged those he left behind to take comfort in his peerless legacy.