Seun Kuti has launched “Movement of the People” despite police earlier ban for such gathering.
News Rain Nigeria gathered that Seun Kuti reportedly launched the movement which was initially scheduled for Afrikan Shrine in an undisclosed venue.
At the event, Kuti reportedly said: “This event is supposed to happen at the Afrikan Shrine and it was a meeting of all socialist progressive organizations to launch the movement of the people and start our political resistance to the tyranny of this oppressive regime.”
Seun Kuti Again Launches Movement Of The People Despite Police Ban
During the launch, Kuti, who was reportedly flanked by representatives of other organizations, expressed that though the police tried aborting the plans, he would not be deterred.
He said: “Even though they diminish our space, they can’t diminish the things we control and things we must control. We must not see that as a defeat but as more fuel to the fire that is propelling us forward from the tyranny that is the Nigerian situation today,”
Speaking further the music star said, “I am sitting down here with members of all the progressive organizations that I have been with for several decades and some people have been in the struggle since I was small. The Movement of the People being an alliance of all progressive organizations, socialist progressive organizations and this is our own way of announcing this movement that will bring about political and business opposition to our ruling elite.”
It will be recalled that on Monday, November 16, the Afrobeat musician announced that the Nigerian police had threatened to seal Femi Kuti’s Afrikan Shrine in Central Business District if continued with his decision to launch the movement alongside other organizations.
Recall that the Nigeria Police had banned Kuti from holding the launch of a mass meeting at the African Shrine, Lagos.
In a letter shared by Kuti, the police explained the reasons for the ban of such a gathering.
The police explain that following the recent violence that marred the EndSARS protest in Lagos, it won’t allow the launch of the Movement of the People to hold.
The letter addressed to Yeni Kuti, the eldest daughter of late Fela Anikulapo Kuti read in parts.
“It is on this premise that I write that such a gathering of meeting planned to be hosted at your venue is not welcome at this perilous time when the security of the nation is trying to find her footing to stabilize all threats to life and properties.”
“You are hereby warned to suspend such gathering as any infraction that may emerge from this gathering will be tag a deliberate action to sabotage the transition and restoration of the peace in Lagos State by the Lagos state government and the Nigeria Police Force.”
Oluseun Anikulapo Kuti commonly known as Seun Kuti, is the youngest son of famous Afrobeat pioneer, Fela Kuti, Seun leads his father’s former band Egypt 80. He had followed suit in his late father’s footstep of clamoring for the emancipation of the people from the ruling elites.
Seun Kuti also participated actively in the Occupy Nigeria protests against the fuel subsidy removal policy of President Goodluck Jonathan in January 2012.