Femi Kuti denies calling supporters of Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi “zombies.”
The 60-year-old was said to have used the phrase to refer to the ‘Obidients,’ or followers of the presidential contender. NewsReport learned
In his performance on Thursday at the new Afrika Shrine, he is alleged to have said that.
“You know what obedience means? Stand up, sit down, sit there — zombie. How can you be Obidient in this chaos? I am not Obidient,” he had allegedly said.
“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?”
But reacting via his Twitter page on Friday, the musician said his words were taken out of context.
Femi said he only expressed his reservation with the term “Obidient”, adding that he is not against Obi’s presidential ambition.
“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,” he wrote.
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. https://t.co/4FXqB89mx5
— Femi Anikulapo-Kuti (@Femiakuti) August 11, 2022
“Expressing I do not like the ‘term’ But if Peter Obi wins and actually changes the country better for all of us.”
Femi, who is the eldest son of Fela Kuti, the late music icon, has not publicly endorsed any candidate for the 2023 election.
Last year, he had called out the All Progressives Congress (APC) for using an inscription of Fela on its campaign shirts.
Femi had said his family does not align with any political party in Nigeria and beyond.