Nigerian musician, Folarin Falana, whose stage name is Falz, has reacted to the recent Eko Concert organized by the Lagos State government to mark the Nigeria Independence.
Falz stated that concerts are being organised to distract Nigerians from remembering the October 20-10-20 massacre.According to him the government organizaed the concert to make youths forget those who died during the EndSARS protest in 2020.
Falz in a statement on his Instagram page stated that since the massacre no one has been punished for killing innocent Nigerians during the protest.
Falz’ in his statement said “They killed innocent souls that were simply asking not to be killed or brutalized. A year later, no one has been punished yet for those heinous crimes.“A supposed Police Commissioner ‘warned’ against citizens exercising their fundamental human rights. Yes, a Police Commissioner.“A couple of well meaning citizens decided to put together a summit to reflect on last year’s events and honour the lost souls. Event centre pulls out (Instructions from above”)“As I type this, there is already a heavy police presence at the Lekki toll gate.Best thing they could come up with is organizing concerts to try and distract us from trying to remember the real heroes in all of this. The people they murdered.What we will never do, however, is be quiet. We will never ever be silenced. Not today, not on the 20th, not ever.”
This comes from Falz’ as the Lagos State Government organised a concert on Friday 15th, October 2021, tagged ‘Eko on Show’ to celebrate Nigeria’s Independence. Top Nigerian musicians like like Teni, Davido, Tiwa Savage, performed at the concert.
Recall that the EndSars protest took place in Nigeria last year. Many innocent Nigerians were killed by the police at the Lekki Toll Gate.Youths including celebrities have been teaming for this year’s protest to pay respect to victims of last year protest.
However the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu have kicked against this. He also stated that the Police would suppress the protest.CSP Ajisebutu in his words:, “To forestall breakdown of law and order, the police will use all legitimate means within its constitutional powers to suppress the protest “, he said.