Femi Kuti has said he denied Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s appeal to support his government and political moves because of his father, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
The Afrobeat musician said though he’s friends with the Nigerian Vice President, he has to hold forth to his late father’s views on politics and politicians.
“Vice President Osinbajo came to me, to my house for support, he’s standing here and i am saying this here, but I told him I can’t support because of my father’s support and he understands because he’s my friend, so he understands,” Femi said.
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The Vice President was present at just concluded Felabration 2018, which held at the New Afrikan Shrine in Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos.
Osinbajo had visited the shrine on the invitation of Femi Kuti after the VP had requested to have a feel of what the shrine looks like.
During Osinbajo’s visit to the New Afrikan Shrine on Saturday, October 20, 2018, Femi told the crowd at the Felabration 2018 all that transpired between himself and the VP.
“He said he wanted to come to shrine to see what everybody is saying about Shrine and I am happy that he came and saw that we are not crazy here. He said he didn’t know this place was this big,” Femi said.
Femi Kuti alongside the positive force band also entertained Osinbajo and guests with songs and musical instruments display during his visit.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said it was shocked by the last minute postponement of the presidential and National Assembly elections earlier scheduled to hold on Saturday, February 16, 2019.
The labour union advised the federal government to declare a two or three-day public holiday to enable workers travel to cast their votes following voter apathy that may have greeted the postponement of the elections, The Nation reports.
The president of the NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, in a statement said many Nigerians would not have been able to vote due to logistics problems if the election held.
“We at the Nigerian Labour Congress join other Nigerians in expressing our shock at the last minute postponement of the presidential and National Assembly elections scheduled to hold on Saturday, February 16, 2019,” Wabba said.
“We share in the pains of those who in an uncommon show of patriotism, had to travel long distances to perform their civic duty. We similarly understand the outrage of those who had incurred huge and unquantifiable logistic costs. No explanation will be good enough given INEC’s repeated assurances and the zeal of Nigerians to cast their vote.
“However, given the fact that had the election taken place, a huge number of Nigerians would have been disenfranchised on account of gross and wide-spread logistic deficit, the postponement, as painful as it is, is a lesser evil of the two.”
The NLC urged Nigerians not to be disillusioned by the postponement but brace up for the rescheduled election.