A former Normal Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Pure Fuel Staff, Chief Frank Kokori, on Thursday, referred to as on the management of the Nigeria Labour Congress and Commerce Union Congress to “sheathe their swords and provides President Bola Tinubu ample time to handle the ailing financial system earlier than deciding on embarking on strike.”
Kokori, presently on admission for kidney-related ailment spoke with journalists from his hospital mattress in Warri, Delta State.
He stated, “I’m certain you might be following the NLC debacle when the physique needed to close down the nation. I’ve to coach Labour that you just don’t go on strike for 2 days with out prior discover. Folks, together with Labour, ought to give Tinubu a while to treatment the nation.
“I do know I’ve mentioned with him as President. I met him on June 15 to inform him to not shame Nigeria; and that for the primary time, individuals who fought for democracy are in energy, that I’ve to do my greatest to settle down the labour unions as a result of I do know the nation can not survive it.
“About 97 per cent of Nigeria’s revenue now goes to service loans. How do you suppose Tinubu can do magic in a single day? I’m agitated as a result of individuals are dying. You may’t blame them. Think about, if I didn’t have some funds, I’d have died yesterday night time simply due to diesel.”
Kokori lamented that there is no such thing as a useful public hospital in Warri and its environs.
He added, “Our wrestle was to construct a rustic. The scenario of the nation…if I needed billions, I’d have gotten it. All people, together with me, stood to combat for democracy. I spent 4 years in jail. I did the whole lot for democracy.
“There’s no freedom fighter in Nigeria like we’ve in South Africa. I used the instrument I needed to restore democracy. Do you suppose I don’t thoughts cash? I do, however I gained’t take what’s not mine. I’m a patriot.
“The refineries aren’t working as we speak. Due to my dedication to this nation, I grew to become the tribune of this nation. Folks like Beko Ransom-Kuti, Gani Fawehinmi, Kudirat Abiola, and Bola Tinubu, I used to be underground for 10 weeks, earlier than I used to be arrested. The army junta despatched a jet to convey me to Aso Rock, however I rejected the supply. I liberated the nation. Tinubu ran overseas to proceed the wrestle.
“My level is how can a rustic like Nigeria, in the entire of Warri, the one hospital that may deal with kidney points is Mount Horeb Clinic? It received to a time that I couldn’t take a flight, I couldn’t stroll, I couldn’t take a flight.
“This hospital I’m tried to placed on the producing set for lengthy hours regardless of the price. And with out the AC, I’d have given up. I got here out of a coma and met insufferable warmth. So, I’ve to beg the hospital to modify on the generator. There was just one physician round, with a poor woman battling many sufferers. I used to be going and coming.
“I wasn’t in a coma after I got here to the clinic. I went right into a coma right here. I got here in right here Tuesday. However yesterday, it was an excessive amount of. I’m 80 years previous now. I spent 25 years in struggling for this nation. However how can a complete Warri that I do know doesn’t have a useful hospital? If I might have it this dangerous, what in regards to the frequent folks? Different arrowheads of democracy like Kuti, and Fawehinmi are useless.”