The accusing finger has started waving its pointy hands on Nigeria’s political actors.
Chief Frank Kokori, a notable figure who served as the General Secretary of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and holds a significant position within the All Progressives Congress (APC), has called on Nigerians to exercise patience and grant President Bola Tinubu a grace period of six months to enact economic reforms in the country.
Chief Frank Kokori emphasized that Tinubu inherited a financial deficit and mounting debts from previous administrations led by Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari.
Renowned for his activism in the labor sector, Kokori also expressed criticism towards labor unions and civil society organizations for maintaining silence for over two decades as the nation’s refineries remained non-functional.
Addressing various pressing national issues, he offered insights during an interview with DAILY POST as he went on to mention former President Muhammadu Buhari as being complicit in Nigeria’s corruption.
The topic of corruption and its alleged acceptance within the APC prompted Kokori to address former President Buhari’s tenure. He openly accused the ex-Military head of state of not only failing to curb corruption but also facilitating it during his time as Nigeria’s president.
Stressing his stance on corruption, Chief Frank Kokori stated,
“Normally, I have zero tolerance for corruption. So, anybody who has cases against them, not rumors, should file all those cases. The social media and the conventional media are all there; so let them file all those cases, not just speculations and rumors.”
In a direct indictment of Buhari’s administration, Kokori asserted,
“Let them produce all those cases, after all, the civil society and all those well-meaning investigative journalists are there to bring all those solid cases out, let’s see what the government will do about them.
“Personally, I have zero tolerance for corruption, and that is why I was angry with Buhari because instead of him fighting corruption, he was abetting corruption.”
Turning to the subject of President Bola Tinubu’s entry into office, Kokori relayed that Tinubu acknowledges the challenges and has put his personal ambition aside for the betterment of the nation.
Citing Tinubu’s wife’s statements about their family’s financial situation, Kokori suggested that Tinubu doesn’t require financial gains from the presidency.
He called on Nigerians to exercise patience and observe the government’s progress for around six months to a year before casting judgments.
Kokori emphasized the daunting circumstances from which Tinubu is commencing his leadership journey, highlighting the dire situation he has inherited.