Femi Kuti denies attacking Charly Boy for vowing to defend LGBT
By Temitope Ojo
Afrobeat star, Femi Kuti, has denied claims that he attacked entertainer and social crusader, Charly Boy after he vowed to fight in defense of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Nigeria.
Charly Boy made the declaration in an Instagram post on Sunday morning, days after his daughter, Dewy, publicly revealed that she is in a lesbian relationship.
Media reports ensued stating that Femi Kuti slammed him for supporting same-sex sexual activity which is illegal in Nigeria with maximum punishment in the 12 northern states that have adopted Sharia law being death by stoning.
However, in a statement released by Femi Kuti’s management, it stated that the news going around that the singer called out Charly Boy for being a gay rights activist is untrue.
“Our attention has been brought to a post which was published on the Linda Ikeji platform on Sunday 22nd of July 2018. The post which is attached here alleged that our client Femi Kuti “took to Instagram to slam CharlyBoy for his newfound role as a gay rights activist”. While the post has since been deleted, due to outcry from members of the public who pointed out the error in the handle she was quoting as Mr Kuti’s, we will like to state that at no time did our client make any statements about Mr Charles “Charly Boy” Oputa on his social media accounts or on any other platform.
“Mr Kuti’s handles on social media are all verified and there was no way the purported handle could have been mistaken for his unless there was malicious intent on the part of the author. For the records, we would like to also state that:
1. Our client Femi Kuti respects individual freedoms and will never impose his beliefs on others or ridicule them for expressing theirs. He also respects Mr Oputa as a fellow creative and for his activities in speaking out for the under-represented and disenfranchised.
“2. We demand that an apology is issued to our client on the Linda Ikeji blog by the author of the post, as this issue has caused him emotional distress. Especially during a time when he is on tour flying the flag of Nigerian Afrobeat music in the United States.