Inspired by Fela’s anti-govt songs, protesters demand Buhari’s resignation

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Protesters fired up by anti-establishment songs of Afrobeat musician Fela Anikulapo-Kuti on Monday demanded the resumption to duty or resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Coincidentally, Fela was a vocal opponent of Muhammadu Buhari’s military government, which arrested him in 1984 over trumped-up charges.

“International Thief Thief!” Fela’s voice blared over the loud speakers mounted on open van while the protesters chorused “oppression, inflation, corruption,” as they marched energetically in the rain towards the presidential villa from the Unity Fountain, Abuja.

The protesters drew inspiration from Fela’s anti-establishment songs, which still represent the situation in the country after more than three decades after they were sung.

The protesters displayed a wide banner with the inscription “Resume or resign, Nigeria’s say enough is enough.”

Other  placards had inscriptions such as “Our mumu don do,” “Buhari called for impeachment when Yar’ Adua was sick, now we are calling for the same” and “Buhari! Where are you? We are tired of being enslaved in our country.”






     

     

    Visibly unhappy with the conduct of the affairs of the country, they said they had commenced a daily sit-out to demand the return or resignation of Buhari.

    Monday made it exactly three months since Buhari embarked on a medical trip to London for treatment of an undisclosed illness.

    The protest is led by Charles Oputa, AKA Charlie Boy. Other prominent faces of the action include Deji Adeyanju, former Director, New Media to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Adebayo Raphael, Publicity Secretary, OurMumuDonDo Movement; Ariyo-Dare Atoye, Convener, Coalition in Defence of Nigerian Democracy and Constitution; and John Danfulani of Concerned Nigerians.

    They were stopped at the entrance of Presidential Villa by a team of police officers who used vehicles to block the road.

    Chikezie can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @KezieOmeje

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