Why I can never be ‘Obidient’ – Femi Kuti

Afrobeat star Femi Kuti

Afrobeats singer Femi Kuti, son of music legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, has explained why he will not be supporting the movement of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, popularly known as the ‘Obidients’.

The 60-year-old gave an explanation in a video posted on Instagram on Friday night where he insisted he never called Obi’s supporters ‘zombies’.

He said in parts, “I did not call Peter Obi’s supporters zombies and personally, I cannot be Obidient in this country, ENDSARS, killings, my grandmother was killed, my father’s house burnt and I’m supposed to be Obidient? Did I call Peter Obi supporters zombie? Did I say that? No. What does Obidient mean? I don’t like that terminology for myself and I am never going to use it. Nothing can make me to be Obidient. I’m too angry, too sad, too depressed to be.

“Do I support Obi? No? I support Atiku definitely not. Do I support Tinubu? Please don’t look for my trouble. How can I be supporting Tinubu? Have I ever supported any political party? Never.”

In September 2020, Femi said he refused to join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) partly because President Muhammadu Buhari jailed his father.

Buhari was military head of state in 1984 when Fela was jailed on a charge of currency smuggling.

That experience formed parts of the lyrics for Fela’s 1989 song ‘Beast of no Nation’.