Femi Kuti, an afrobeat musician, claimed on Saturday that some people have threatened to burn down the New Afrika Shrine in Ikeja because of media allegations that he dubbed Peter Obi’s followers “zombies.”
Newsbreak.ng on Friday detailed that reports from one of Nigeria’s news outlets claimed that Femi Kuti compared Peter Obi supporters (Obidient) to zombies.
The report from the Nigerian media outlet enraged supporters of Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, who are mostly Nigerian youths.
In response to the allegations, Femi Kuti tweeted that his comments were taken out of context and that he never referred to Peter Obi’s supporters as “zombies.”
The seasoned artist clarified that he just meant to say that the name “Obidient” didn’t appeal to him since, in his opinion, he was too old and angry to be one.
Despite repeatedly stating that he never referred to supporters of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate as zombies, the veteran singer In a now-viral video posted on his social media pages lamented waking up to insults and people threatening to burn down the new Afrikan shrine in Ikeja.
“I woke up today to insults abusing me, my family and my children, threatening that they will burn the shrine because they said I said Peter Obi’s supporters are zombies,” Femi Kuti in the video said.
“First let’s be clear, what did I say? I said I’m too angry too sad, depressed to be Obidient. How can anybody come up with that term. I cannot be Obidient in this country, ENDSARS, killings, my grandmother was killed, my father’s house burnt and I’m supposed to be Obidient? Did I call Peter Obi supporters zombie? Did I say that? No. What does Obidient mean? I don’t like that terminology for myself and I am never going to use it. Nothing can make me to be Obidient. I’m too angry, too sad, too depressed to be. Stop threatening to burn the shrine, stop threatening my children, stop that rubbish,” he added.
Femi Kuti clarified his earlier remarks at the shrine by stressing that he was not endorsing any of Peter Obi, Atiku, or Tinubu.
“Do I support Obi? No? I support Atiku definitely not. Do I support Tinubu? Please don’t look for my trouble. How can I be supporting Tinubu? Have I ever supported any political party? Never.”