Why I rejected Osinbajo’s request to join APC – Femi Kuti
The eldest son of Fela Kuti, the late Afrobeat legend, Femi Kuti, says he rejected Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s plea to join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The musician, 58, was addressing insinuations he had aligned with political interests on Friday.
Femi said that he had refused to join politics as he had yet to find a party that has the interest of Nigerians at heart.
When questioned further, he said that part of his reasons for rejecting Osinbajo’s plea was that President Mohammadu Buhari, who is also a member of the party, jailed his father in the 1980s.
“I want to state for clarity and posterity my role in the Ojota protest. I was invited for what I and many believed was a genuine cause regarding the cost of fuel,” the veteran singer wrote on Twitter.
“As soon as I found it was politically motivated I pulled out. I got a lot of backlash at the time but stood my ground. For the record, I have NEVER and will NEVER affiliate with any political party.
“…that I don’t feel has the genuine interest of the people of Nigeria at heart. Even when the VP approached me to join APC, I blatantly refused as I also refused to join PDP or any other party.
“My main reason was president Buhari jailing my father in the 80s. Second, I didn’t believe any of the two major political parties had/have the genuine interest of the Nigerian people at heart.”
Responding to his statement, a fan further prodded him by writing: “My own is don’t just sit down and watch. Don’t be a spectator! Play your own role just like your father of blessed memory did.
“We can’t afford to fold our hands and bequeath a horrible nation to our children and generations.”
In his reply, Femi wrote: “It would be great to you called out children of political activist/former… and not just Fela’s children who have spent their lives on the same topic while others watch.”
The singer’s comments come as citizens continue to protest Buhari’s approval of the implementation of a cost-reflective electricity tariff for the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).