The Lagos State government, under the Babajide Sanwo Olu administration had on 26th January announced that it would commence enforcement of the transport sector reform law 2018 from February 1st 2020. The law had banned motorcycles and tricycles from operating in some local government areas, bridges, roads and highways. Since the enactment of the law, there have been tantrums on social media platforms as Lagos commuters criticised the government decisions.
However, the one time Grammy nominee Nigerian singer Seun Kuti, has joined millions of other Nigerians to react to the recent ban of motorcycles and tricycles which are popularly known as okada and Keke Napep, respectively.
Seun Kuti who is the son of the Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti took to his Instagram page to share his view on the trending issue. In the post shared, he scolded Nigerian professionals whom he referred to as “Largely oppressors in waiting.” Seun expressed disappointed that while children lie dying in hospitals on a daily basis and police brutality is the order of the day, there has been no similar outrage like the one that has been expressed now that most of them “walk from bus stop to the office.” In his words the “worst has happened.”
In his post he concluded by adding:
“If you wish for your children or loved ones to be okada and Keke riders please raise up your hand! We know these ain’t jobs. We pacify those we have failed with slave labour and slave wages and we are ready to fight for them to continue slaving away.”
Seun Kuti has always had a passion to have a better Nigeria as this is not the first time he has solely talked about the elites as oppressors. In his chat with Guardian Life,he had revealed that the message of his music contradicts the message of the people.
” The oppressors always look to perfect oppression. They practice a system of exclusion. Back in the days, they used to be crude but they realized that it only makes you popular. So they own everything and exclude you from it.”
In all, it’s just the second month of 2020 and a whole lot have happened already. Whilst hoping and walking towards to a “better tomorrow” having public figures who are all out to be a part of this fight is everything.