Renowned labour unionist and senior legislator, Chief Frank Kokori, has reviewed how he was named as the Chairman of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund by the acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, in October 2017.
He, notwithstanding, said when the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), got back from his clinical leave in London, the incredible secrecy in the Presidency turned around the arrangement.
The Minister of Labor and Employment, Chris Ngige, later initiated his partner, Austin Enajemo-Isire, as the administrator in the wake of declining to introduce Kokori for almost two years.
Talking with The PUNCH in a new meeting, Kokori, who is a tribal leader of the All Progressives Congress, said individuals exploited Buhari’s advanced age to abuse the framework.
He said, “Buhari has a limit and that is age. I imagine that is one of his issues and those individuals around him—those we call the Presidency, the secrecy or the mafia—are abusing it. They do anything for his benefit and they would compose ‘The Presidency says as much.’
“They disperse positions, similar to when I was made the administrator of the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund by the then acting president, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, when Buhari traveled to another country. At the point when he returned, they felt that Kokori would be too solid in that position since that is the place where the laborers’ benefits are warehoused and it’s a goldmine for degenerate individuals.
“Truth be told, without a second to spare, they offered the situation to their chumps and you realize that battle. The sum of Nigerian laborers and surprisingly the media were supporting me, however (the late Chief of Staff) Abba Kyari was in control. They accepted the position from me, despite the fact that Buhari advised me on June 12 that year that ‘you will continue toward the week’s end.'”
Kokori uncovered that Buhari had approved his arrangement and advised Ngige to feel free to introduce him however the President’s mandate was rebelled.
“He (Buhari) did everything, except for the secrecy. What’s more, you can’t arrive at Buhari any longer; that is one of his flimsy parts. He is perhaps the most distant Presidents throughout the entire existence of this country. Without his secrecy, we don’t will see him—aside from his pastors who see him during the Federal Executive Council gatherings. He doesn’t come out, so you can’t see him,” Kokori added.
The dissident, who drove the Nigeria Union Of Petroleum And Natural Gas Workers during the times of military autocracy, said at whatever point he attempted to see Buhari, an arrangement would be fixed however they would not permit him to see the President.
He expressed that he would rather be alluded to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
“I’ve never seen a man like that. I have seen each Nigerian president I have needed to see since I was a youngster in NUPENG. Even after I left NUPENG, I could perceive any president I needed to see. Yet, I can’t see Buhari up till today, aside from when individuals were lobbying for him in Delta State, he would come to meet us and we would take him round. From that point forward, he would fail to remember everyone,” said Kokori.
The APC clan leader said the President was encircled by individuals who were not offering him great guidance, adding that the secrecy was more remarkable than Osinbajo who is the second most senior individual from the government chief.
“Furthermore, they have sidelined the Vice President who has cerebrums yet can’t utilize his forces. He has no forces. Indeed, even he can possibly have powers when the President gives him powers. The secrecy runs the country; the secrecy is more impressive than the Vice President. As such, it is a circumstance where the Chief of Staff is more remarkable than the Vice President and the SSG. When you are in the secrecy, you are more impressive than the Vice President and it’s a disgrace,” said Kokori.