Femi Kuti, son of Afrobeat Legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti has reacted to media reports alleging that he referred to supporters of Peter Obi, Labour Party presidential candidate, as “Zombies”.
Responding to a media report from one of Nigeria’s news outlets claiming that he compared Peter Obi supporters to zombies, Femi Kuti tweeted that his comments were taken out of context.
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.
“You are such liars. Of what benefit is it to the people when you take my words out of context like this? I said I’m too angry at my age to be obedient. Expressing I do not like the ‘term’ But if Peter Obi wins and actually changes the country better for all of us,” Tweet by Femi Kuti read.
Media reports had earlier alleged that Femi Kuti likened Peter Obi’s supporters to ‘zombies’, a term used in his late father’s song to mock men of the Nigerian military.
Femi Kuti was said to have raised questions about Peter Obi supporters’ use of the campaign phrase “Obidient,” questioning why the party’s presidential candidate’s growing support base chose the phrase.
Zombie was the title of his late father, Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s, 1976 studio album, in which he mocked Nigerian soldiers as a bunch of robotic and senseless individuals.
The song was inspired by a raid on Fela’s Lagos home at the time, which went on to become one of his biggest hits.
However, Femi Kuti is yet to declare support for any presidential candidate.