Afrobeat King and New Africa Shrine Chief Priest rejects Obi, Tinubu and Atiku
Afrobeat King and New African Shrine Chief Priest Femi Anikulapo Kuti has rejected the three leading presidential candidates for Nigeria’s elections which will be held next year in an exclusive interview with Arise TV on Wednesday.
Answering questions in the virtual interview from his base in Lagos, Femi Kuti, 60, said “Whoever wins the election will always meet steadfast people like me to oppose bad governance and this will go on until Nigeria becomes the country it should be”.
When asked about who he will vote for in the 2023 elections. He was evasive telling the Arise TV interviewer that he was being put in a tight spot. “The APC candidate is too old. We don’t need anybody old anymore” Femi said without mentioning the ruling party All Progressive Alliance (APC) presidential flagbearer Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu by name.
Critics said why did he not come out to mention Bola Ahmed Tinubu who said to be 86 years old is that the Anikulapo Kuti family have benefitted immensely from the corruption of Tinubu.
The building permit for the New Africa Shrine in Ikeja was approved by the Tinubu administration, his elder sister Yeni Anikulapo Kuti is a presenter on Tinubu’s private TV station TVC.
Fela on Broadway the Musical was hosted at the Oriental Hotel owned by Tinubu and moreover the APC administration under Babatunde Fashola gave 40 million naira to the family to convert Fela’s dilapidated house in to the Kalakuta Museum.
“The route Nigeria is going has failed for the last 20 years. I’m in a country that has been deteriorating my whole life; Nigeria has no excuse to be in the predicament we are in today.” He added.
When pressed asked about the “Obidient” movement the Afrobeat King was evasive. “I have reservations on everybody, I am not convinced by anybody in the political scene.” He adds that while he doesn’t wish to name anyone he will protest through his music.
“One of the candidates (Peter Obi) has a lot of support right now, but then I have my reservations because of his participation in previous governments.” Femi Kuti said. He later admitted that though Peter Obi was not corrupt he had not condemned corruption in his party.
“I would have loved to have seen that…This does not mean that this candidate is not a good person or cannot change the situation we find ourselves in.” He stated.
The activist musician then said he was ready to support anybody that wins. “If anybody wins and starts to take us to the promised land that we have been promised since independence. Of course people like me will always support said person”
Source Arise TV/Twitter