By Janice Tyo
Nigerian singer and rapper, Folarin Falana (Falz); and comedian Debo Adebayo, a.k.a.Mr Macaroni, have rejected the invitation of a ‘Peace Walk’ by Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State, to herald the healing of the state following the #EndSARS protest of October 2020.
The duo reacted separately after hearing about the invite from the governor.
Recall that Newsbreak had earlier on Tuesday reported that Governor Sanwo-Olu invited some notable youths such as Falz, Mr Macaroni, Dele Faratomi, a lawyer; Temitope Majekodunmi, the youth representative on the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry; Segun Awosanya (Segalink), a member of the Lagos panel; Seun Kuti, the son of the late Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, and others to join him in the march.
Falz, who is the son of prominent human rights activist, Femi Folarin, described the ‘walk of peace’ as a joke and disrespectful.
He said: “This suggestion of a ‘walk of peace’ sounds like a joke a very disrespectful one at that. People were murdered in cold blood and absolutely no iota of justice had been served more than a year after. How can there be peace without justice.
“In this same speech, you said, ‘To be a smart city, we first must be a just one. Remember the young Nigerians that had their lives snatched away by weapons wielded by our own Armed forces? You want to sweep that under the carpet? Is that how to establish a just city? #ENDSARS.
“Young Nigerians, till today, are still being constantly harassed an extorted by police officers, you were awfully quiet about that. Or are you not aware?#ENDSARS.”
On his part, Mr Macaroni said genuine peacemaking should begin by first implementing the recommendations of the panel of Inquiry.
He further stated that the last time he attempted a peaceful walk, he was been bundled like a criminal, and he would rather go to the gym to loose some weight.
He said: “I humbly decline the invitation of Mr Governor. The Government themselves set up a panel. The panel has made recommendations.
“I believe that genuine peacemaking will begin by first implementing the recommendations of the panel. Then we can begin to trust the Government.
“Mr Governor has said it in his speech that to be a Centre of Excellence, we have to be a Center of Truth. Before there can be healing, the government has to be sincere. There must be acceptance of wrongdoings and willingness to correct them.
“The last walk wey I do, na so Dem bundle me, strip me naked, brutalize and dehumanize me. I no carry gun, I no carry weapon. As dem dey best me, Dem dey ask why I dey disturb Mr Governor. Now dem say make I come do walk. For another round of beating??
“Abeg o, if I wan loose weight, I go go gym, same peaceful walk wey Nigerian youths do wey Dem kill them? Some are still in prison, Some have gone into hiding, Their lives no longer theirs all because we decided to walk against police brutality.”