Seun Kuti, a Nigerian singer, has weighed in on the controversies trailing the ban placed on commercial motorcycles in Lagos, saying that okada riding is no job.
The Lagos state government had banned commercial motorcycles and tricycles in 15 local councils, causing a hike in the rates charged by taxi and bus drivers in the state.
In the wake of the proscription, Nigerians living in the commercial city had taken to social media to decry the difficulty they faced getting to their places of work.
Joining the fray of celebrities who have bared their opinions on the issue, Kuti unexpectedly accused Nigerians who are faulting the state government’s ban of not caring about the riders.
Charging Nigerians to raise their hands if they wished to take up the jobs of commercial riders, Kuti added that many are only pacifying these riders as the country has failed them with “slave wages.”
“Nigerian professionals have shown their true colors again as oppressors in waiting. Children dying in hospital every day. Miseducated and undereducated children, they don’t care,” the singer wrote.
“Police brutality? no outrage. But tell them to walk from the bus stop to the office. ‘Oh no, the worst has happened!’ If u wish for your children to be okada and keke riders please raise up your hand!
“We know these ain’t jobs. We pacify those we have failed with slave labor and slave wages and we are ready to fight for them to continue slaving away!
“Many of you don’t care about the man. You care about the okada he’s using to carry you around. That’s not caring!”
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Nigerian professionals have shown their true colors again as largely oppressors in waiting. Children dying in hospital everyday they don’t care. Miseducated and undereducated children they don’t care. Police brutality, no outrage but tell them to walk from bus stop to the office oh no the worst has happened!!! If u wish for your children or loved ones to be okada and keke riders please raise up your hand! We know these ain’t jobs. We pacify those we have failed with slave labor and slave wages and we are ready to fight for them to continue slaving away!! #getthesax
Some Nigerian movie stars like Jim Iyke, Chinedu Ikedieze, Ben Touitou had earlier given their different takes on the recent okada ban in Lagos.
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