Seun Kuti: Nothing to celebrate about Nigeria's 61st Independence

Seun Kuti

Seun Anikulapo-Kuti

Popular saxophonist and afrobeat icon, Seun Kuti, has said that there is nothing to celebrate on the occasion of Nigeria’s 61st independence anniversary.

The son of Nigerian music legend, Fela Anikulapo said in a statement on Friday that Nigeria is near collapse as the high level of hunger, insecurity, unemployment and corruption is ‘worrisome’,

He noted that the celebration ought to be a sober reflection and need for Nigerians to reorganize and get involved in the democratic process.

Seun Kuti also called on Nigerians who are of voting age to participate in election process to make the country great again.

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“It is fitting to bring you all warm solidarity greetings as we celebrate the 61st anniversary of our dear nation! Even though there is nothing to celebrate, owing to the near-collapse in the state of our dear nation.

“With the worrisome level of hunger, insecurity, high rate of unemployment, and wanton looting, the celebration of today’s anniversary calls for a sober reflection and the need to re-organise ourselves to get involved in the democratic process with the view to set the nation on the road to recovery,” he noted.

“The decision to get Nigeria working from this moribund and mechanistic level is in our ‘thumbs’ and it is neither in the bombs nor bullets. The Movement of The People has now given every Nigerian of voting age the political platform to chose credible leaders across the 36 States and 774 local government of the federation.”

The musician urged Nigerians to key in the ongoing voter’s registration exercise and get their voters card ahead of the 2023 election.