On 4 September last year (1984), minutes before leaving the country for an extensive tour of the US, Fela Anikulapo Kuti was arrested at the airport of Lagos due to an attempt at smuggling foreign currency out of the country. “He who emanates greatness, carries death in his pouch and cannot die” is what this controversial African musician called himself.
But the Nigerian authorities took this for granted and took him to court for the 451st time in ten years.
Fela was supposed to have carried 1600 English pounds with him instead of the maximum amount of 50 that one person is allowed to take out of the country. An accusation that Fela’s defense did not deny but explained by pointing to the 45 people in the retinue of the musician. And 1600 divided by 45 is nowhere near 50. This did not impress the judges who sentenced Fela to five years imprisonment. When he has served this sentence he will be 51.But if the man will survive the circumstances
and treatment in a Nigerian jail remains doubtful. It appears his health has deteriorated frightfully in the last three months.
Even Oyinbo Newspaper remember Buhari, na Naija peepo no dey remember history,