Afrobeat musician Femi Kuti recently met with Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi.
Remember how Kuti became the target of Internet trolls after claiming that being obedient in Nigeria was akin to being a zombie?
Many supporters of Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi, dubbed “Obidients,” interpreted his statement as an attack on them.
Obi, on the other hand, later warned his followers and supporters to stop heckling and harassing Kuti. Later that week, he paid a visit to Kuti.
In an interview with Saturday Beats, Kuti stated that while he would prefer not to discuss the specifics of his meeting with Obi because it was private, he did admit that they discussed politics and the state of the nation.
Kuti, however, maintained that he was not moved by the backlash he got over his statement. He said, “I cannot be forced to support anyone. A candidate can even caution their fans against doing certain things, but not all of them will listen. If I want to campaign for a certain person, I will give my reasons for doing that.
The Grammy Awards nominee also maintained that he did not call Obi’s supporters zombies. He said, “A particular journalist came to the New Afrikan Shrine and I expressed my views, only for people to start attacking me because the media said I called Obi’s supporters zombies, which I did not do. When I got home, I saw the post and I quickly corrected it that I didn’t call them zombies. But, they kept on attacking me. Some people even threatened to burn down the Shrine. I had to do a video explaining in clear words what I meant.”