17th August, 2022
The Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi visited Femi Kuti after the veteran musician was threatened by his supporters known as “Obidients”.
Trouble began after some reports claimed that the musician described Obi’s supporters as “zombies”.
“How can you be Obidient in this chaos? I am not Obidient. Tell me, at 60, why am I Obidient? You said I should be Obidient, sit down, be peaceful.
“Are you all okay in this country?,” Kuti was quoted to have allegedly said during a performance at the Shrine Thursday night.
However, the veteran musician faulted the claims, saying he was misquoted and he never described the supporters as “zombies”.
In a series of Tweets on Friday, Kuti said, “You are such liars. Of what benefit is it to the people when you take my words out of context like this?
“I said I’m too angry at my age to be obedient. Expressing I do not like the ‘term’. But if Peter Obi wins and actually changes the country better for all of us
“How you all come up with fabricated lies beats me. But why all the lies? You heard me endorse him or ever anyone? Mr Mc lie lie. Yes and where did I called the youths zombies? I AM NOT BAT.”
However, the relationship between Kuti and “Obidients” now seems to have been repaired following Obi’s visit to the musician.
Obi, at the meeting with Kuti, noted that his ‘Obidient movement’ will base its campaign on issues rather than personality attacks.
He said that his campaign would be based on everyday issues affecting Nigerians and Nigeria, adding that the recent controversy was not what the movement and his ambition stand for.
“I saw what my own brother, Femi, tweeted and I said no! that is not what the future and the society we want to build.
“We will lead a campaign based on issues that affect Nigerians and that is what I encourage everybody to do,” Obi said while addressing Femi during the meeting.