View Full Version : Femi Kuti hits hard at Nigerian govt; wants corruption tackled

19th January 2012, 06:54 PM
Femi Kuti, afrobeat singer and son of legendary Nigerian musician, Fela Kuti has taken a swipe at the Nigerian government for failing to tackle corruption, which he said has dented the image of Africa’s most populous nation.

The two-time Grammy nominee’s comments are coming on the heels of recent fuel subsidy removal by the Nigerian government which drew nationwide outcry and protests.

Femi in a statement urged that, “the government should show us that they are tackling corruption. They must win the confidence of the people. How do you win the confidence of the people when the EFCC arrests people like Bankole but they are still walking around. When Obasanjo’s daughter is arrested but they can’t find her file.

“The government keeps asking people to make more sacrifices. How is a man that earns N18,000 -N20,000 a month going to survive with his family with new fuel pump price? Are they going to steal? Are they going to borrow, will the bank give them loans?” the vocal musician quizzed.

According to him, “nobody is answering the questions of the poor people.”

“Those who earn N1M a month can afford it but the majority of Nigerians in their millions cannot. How do you want them to eat and feed their children? How do want the older people who have not been paid their pensions for months to manage? The government is not answering our questions,” the Amnesty International Ambassador stressed.

“Is the government going to give us one free meal a day? Are they going to give us free education, free healthcare? People are not against the subsidy, people are just asking how they will survive with this new development. If you increase price of fuel, the minimum wage must be increased,” Femi lamented.

According to the eldest son of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, if the government says it's democratic, “why put people on the streets? Are we in Syria?” warning, “The country is gradually moving into an African Spring, who wants to see bloodshed?”

Femi Kuti left the shelters of his father to formed his band in 1985 but released his first international album, Shoki Shoki, in 1998. He is known for popular tunes such as Politics In Africa, Nobody Beg You, Water No Get Enemy and Make We Remember.