I write to pay my final respects to a remarkable individual, Chief Comrade Frank Ovie Kokori. His recent passing fills my hearts with sorrow, for I have lost another true champion of the people.
Frank Kokori was not only a prominent figure in the Nigerian labor movement but also a relentless advocate for justice and democracy. His unwavering commitment to the cause remained steadfast until his last breath.
Frank Kokori's illustrious journey began long ago, where he, with the likes of Comrade Honorable Joseph Akinlaja played an instrumental role in the historic June 12 struggle. When the presidential election held on that fateful day was nullified, Chief Kokori stood tall among those who fought tirelessly against this injustice. He believed in the rightful victory of Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola and dedicated himself to the cause of restoring democracy to our great nation.
For many of us, Chief Kokori was more than just a leader; he was a mentor who inspired and guided us in the pursuit of our convictions. As a young law undergraduate at the University of Jos, I personally had the privilege of being influenced by his wisdom and tenacity. Chief Kokori imparted upon me the importance of standing up for what I believed in and instilled in me the courage to fight for justice. Even until his last days, he never ceased to communicate with me, offering guidance and support.
Chief Kokori's impact extended far beyond his role as the former General Secretary of NUPENG. He was a beacon of hope for the marginalized and oppressed, a voice for the voiceless. He fearlessly championed the rights of workers, tirelessly advocating for their welfare and fair treatment. His dedication to improving the lives of ordinary Nigerians will forever be remembered and cherished.
In Chief Kokori, I have lost not only a leader but also a friend, a mentor, and a guiding light. His legacy will continue to inspire countless individuals to stand up for justice, to fight for the rights of the downtrodden, and to strive for a better future. As I bid farewell to a remarkable soul, let us take solace in the knowledge that Chief Comrade Frank Kokori's contributions will forever be etched in the annals of our nation's history.
May his soul find eternal rest, and may his memory be a source of strength and inspiration for us all.
Adieu Baba Frank Kokori, A Relentless Advocate For Justice And Democracy.
Dated 7th December, 2023
Olukayode A. Ajulo, OON, SAN, PhD, FCIArb. UK