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I advice and gave Peter Obi ideas on how to fix Nigeria – Femi Kuti

Nigerian Afrobeats singer, Femi Kuti, has revealed what happened when presidential candidate of the Labour Party, (LP) Peter Obi, visited him at the Afrika Shrine in Lagos.

Recall that Femi received heavy backlash from social media trolls after he likened becoming a part of the Obidient movement to being a zombie.

Following he attacks, Obi cautioned his supporters to stop harassing Kuti on the internet. He then paid a courtesy visit to the musician during the week and stressed the need for issue-based campaigns.

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Speaking in an interview with The Punch about what was discussed at the meeting, Femi said he shared ideas with Peter Obi on how to make the country better.

He, however, added that he could not disclose more than that because it was a private discussion, and it would not be right.

Femi said; “I really don’t want to talk about what I discussed with Peter Obi. The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, also visited me and I did not reveal what we discussed. Some people even said Osinbajo gave me money. And, I told him to tell the world if he indeed he gave me money, and he said he did not. Even at that, some people chose not to believe us. That shows that some people already have their minds made up regardless of the facts on the ground.

“If I tell you about my discussion with Obi, I feel that will not be right. But, if he comes out to say something different from what actually transpired, I would then have to talk, at least to set the records straight. However, I can give you the periphery of our discussion. We talked about how bad Nigeria is, and I gave him some ideas on what I felt needed to be done to put the country on the right path of development.

“He also mentioned that campaigns should not involve threats, and he said that was why he came to apologise to me for the actions of some of his followers who threatened and abused me on social media.”

On the matter of the online attacks, the Afrobeats icon maintained that he is not moved by the backlash he got over his statement.

“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.

“I have spoken against many politicians in the past, including Bola Tinubu (presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress) and Atiku Abubakar (the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party),” he added.

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