“He fought for democracy at a great personal cost” – Tinubu mourns late Frank Kokori

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President Bola Tinubu has mourned late former labour leader, Frank Kokori, who died in a hospital in Warri, Delta State today.

The Herald had reported that Kokori died on his 80th birthday after a month of being hospitalised over a kidney-related ailment.

He was a former General Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers.

Reacting to Kokori’s death, the president condoled with his family, the civil society, the government, and the people of Delta state over the “deeply painful loss”.

Tinubu said the late Kokori was a “brother in the June 12 struggle” and a thoroughbred democrat who “surrendered his liberty to fight for truth and justice”.

In a statement signed by his media aide, Ajuri Ngelale, Tinubu said he received the news of Kokori’s demise with “deepest sympathies”.

He said the late elder statesman was a foremost figure in the June 12 struggle, 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 stated.

Tinubu, while praying for the repose of the soul of the deceased, encouraged those he left behind to take comfort in his peerless legacy.

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