Democrat activist Omoyele Sowore and popular Nigerian singer Burna Boy have both been trending on Twitter since Tuesday.
The whole drama started after Soweore sent a Twitter message to Burna Boy urging him to join his protest on October 1.
Hello @burnaboy, everywhere I turn people describe you as a revolutionary musician, the foreign media even celebrate you compare you to Fela Kuti, but I am yet to see you lead anyone to a police station carrying a coffin for head of state! Join #Oct1stProtest #RevolutionNow”
Hello @burnaboy, everywhere I turn people describe you as a revolutionary musician, the foreign media even celebrate you compare you to Fela Kuti, but I am yet to see you lead anyone to a police station carrying a coffin for head of state! Join #Oct1stProtest #RevolutionNow pic.twitter.com/LOYfQfRCyc
— Omoyele Sowore (@YeleSowore) September 29, 2020
However, the singer hit back at Sowore, saying he did not trust the politicians, saying they were the ones who threw Fela into the controversy that cost him his life.
“Everybody is a Fela fan and supporter now that he is dead. Humans are so Funny, You politicians are ALL the same (especially in Nigeria) and Frankly, I don’t trust none of you.”
The remarks sparked a backlash from supporters of the two men’s comments and this has been the subject of much discussion on Twitter on Wednesday morning.
Mr Sowore was furious and said he was not only a supporter of Fela but also a member of his family since his days as the president of the Lagos State University.
The owner of Sahara Reporters has even asked Burna Boy to ask Fela’s, Femi Kuti, about his role in defending the singer’s interests.
But Burna Boy said: “I am NOT FELA. I Have said that countless times. But you sir Are a politician. Leave me out of your schemes.”
@YeleSowore Well. I am NOT FELA. I Have said that countless times. But you sir Are a politician. Leave me out of your schemes. Thanks
— Burna Boy (@burnaboy) September 29, 2020
What is being said on Twitter?
Many people have expressed their views on this dispute between Mr Soweore and Burna Boy where they support what they consider to be the most honest view.
A Twitter commentator, Dr. Dipò Awójídé explained: “Burna Boy doesn’t want DSS wahala. Man wants to drop hits, fly to London on a private jet and give interviews about revolution, being an African giant & how we are cowards who can’t face govt. Sowore likes DSS wahala.”
Burna Boy doesn’t want DSS wahala. Man wants to drop hits, fly to London on private jet and give interviews about revolution, being an African giant & how we are cowards who can’t face govt.
Sowore likes DSS wahala.
Sowore says Burna (Fela Jnr) come and join us. Burna says no?
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) September 29, 2020
Ayo Sogunro said he was surprised by people viewed Burna Boy as a revolutionist.
Still baffled that anyone even thinks of Burna Boy as 'a revolutionary musician'.
The only thing he revolves is samples from classic songs.
— Ayo Sogunro – #Transformist (@ayosogunro) September 30, 2020
“The only thing he revolves is samples from classic songs.” He said.
For his part, Olumuyiwa said Burna Boy did not have to go on strike because he did not owe anyone anything.
“Burna boy doesn’t owe anyone a protest.”
Burna boy doesn't owe anyone a protest. What he owes everyone is to spare us his righteous indignation that suggests he's more pressed about Nigeria's issues than the rest of us because he samples Fela. Fela could call us mumu cos he did the work, he was front and centre.
— Ẹ̀gbọ́n (@Olumuyiwa__) September 30, 2020
Proclamation to overthrow the Nigerian government
Back in 2019, DSS officers arrested Omoyele Sowore, the owner of Sahara Reporters online for his #RevolutionNow protest.
At the time, DSS spokesman Peter Afunanya said they were fully aware of Mr Sowore’s ‘support’ from abroad with the aim of inciting unrest in Nigeria through his proclamation of ‘reform’. in the country ‘.
However, the Federal High Court in Abuja later ordered his release. Although he was re-arrested by the DSS, Nigerian Justice Minister Abubakar Malami later ordered his release along with former Nigerian presidential security adviser Sambo Dasuki.
Source: Naija News