“Fela Is The Greatest In Africa.. He’s More Famous Than Any Nigerian President,” Says Murray-Bruce
The senator representing Bayelsa east, Ben Murray-Bruce, has adjudged Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti as the greatest in Africa, adding that he is more famous than any president in the history of Nigeria.
Speaking with newsmen during French president, Emmanuel Macron’s visit to the New Afrika Shrine in Lagos, the senator described the late king of Afrobeat as the “greatest leader to come out of Africa”.
Murray-Bruce said: “Fela is an icon, the greatest in Africa. Fela is a tourist attraction. More people know Fela than the name of any president in the history of Nigeria. Fela is Mr tourism”.
The senator also stressed that Nigeria is “lucky” to have an “incredibly popular, great French leader” like Macron visit the New Afrika Shrine.
While urging leaders to emulate the French President, he questioned why Nigerian and African leaders don’t recognize Fela.
“All leaders should be like him because why should it take Macron to recognise Fela. Why can’t our leaders recognise Fela?” the senator asked.
The senator also urged all previous Nigerian governments to publicly apologise to the Kuti family and also write them a cheque as compensation for the “atrocities” committed against Fela.
“It has to be done because they need to be forgiven for the atrocities they committed,” he said.
“They burnt his house, killed his mother, broke his jaw, threw him in prison. Yes, they need to apologise. They have to acknowledge and then apologise.
“I want them to apologise, then write a cheque to Femi for killing his mother, breaking Fela’s jaw, locking him out.”
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