London born Nigerian musician, Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti popularly known as Femi Kuti has expressed his disdain for supporters of Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, insinuating that they are a group of slavish characters who, like zombies, are incapable of thinking for themselves and making their own decision.
The musician said he is a smart and independent minded person who can’t be ordered around like a zombie. Peter Obi supporters are known as “Obedience,” as zombies, he added.
Zombie was the title of a studio album released in 1976 by his late father, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, when he excoriated the Nigerian soldiers as a bunch of robotic and senseless individuals. The song, which went on to be one of Fela’s greatest hits, followed a raid on his residence in Lagos at the time.
“You know what obedience means? Stand up, sit down, sit there zombie,” Kuti opined during a performance at the Shrine Thursday night in Lagos, wondering why Obi’s popularity has surged exponentially in recent months.
“How can you be Obidient in this chaos? I am not Obedient. Tell me, at 60, why am I Obedient? You said I should be Obidient, sit down, be peaceful,” he said. “Are you all okay in this country?”
Obi’s candidature has garnered grassroots support from young Nigerians who see him as a better alternative to other candidates in the 2023 contest.
Peter Obi’s campaign is propelled by a horde of young Nigerians who describe themselves as “Obedient” followers on social media