Friday, 11 August 2017

To end corruption in Nigeria use 'juju' to swear-in government officials-Yeni Kuti

In an interview with Clas­sic Fm the first daughter of the late Afrobeat icon, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, said no one would steal money if government officials are made to swear by Ogun and other African deities instead of Holy bible and Quran. “Let them use ‘juju’ to swear in government offi­cials and we shall see if any­body will continue to steal our money in this country or not.
“I am sure that if they are made to swear by Ogun or some other fearsome Afri­can deity, there will be no more corruption,” she said.

“I believe in life after death. Also I believe that if my father has a message for me, he will come directly to me and not go through someone I don’t know or like. If anybody tells me that Fela has sent a message to me through him, I would tell him to ask my dad to appear to me directly him­self,” she further stated.

When asked if her fa­ther’s hatred for religion influenced her, she said “my choice of religion was not largely influenced by Fela.
“It is not that my father made me to embrace it through indoctrination; I learnt and I actually believe in it. As a matter of fact, Fe­la’s arguments in defence of the traditional African re­ligion were enough to con­vince me.”
“When I was a young girl and I knew nothing about his dislike for what he of­ten described as ‘foreign religions’ (Christianity and Islam), I used to visit the Braithwaites and accompa­ny them to church on Sun­days. When Fela heard of it, he warned me never to use the allowance he gave me for offering in the church. I can’t forget it.”
She further urged Nige­rians to stop being hypo­crites, adding that some people claim to be devout Christians or Muslims by day, yet sneaks out at night to consult local herbalists or diviners.
“What they are doing is wrong. It is either you be­long to this or you belong to the other,” Yeni added.

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