#JUSTICEFORMOHBAD! AGAIN, NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT HAS FAILED ITS YOUTH!
MASS PROTEST UNTIL JUSTICE
WE MUST PROTEST ALL THE FAILURES OF THE GOVT THAT LEAD MANY TO AGONY AND UNTIMELY DEATH!
FOR A BETTER SOCIETY THAT GUARANTEES QUALITY PUBLIC EDUCATION AND DECENT JOBS
The Youth Rights Campaign (YRC) extends our sympathy to friends, family and Nigerian youths who have been left in shock and depression over the sad and sudden demise of musical artiste, Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad (Imole). Many reactions have trailed the death of Mohbad after its announcement on 12th of September.
We wish to categorically assert that his death was avoidable and was a product of a mafia profit-spinning music industry and negligence of the state especially the police institution which once again failed to protect the life of a vulnerable person. Today, many Nigerians have fallen victim of death, kidnapping, assault under avoidable circumstances. For instance, it is on record that the late artiste wrote a petition to the police department to intimate them about the threat to his life by Sam Larry, Naira Marley and many other individuals in the Marlian record label. Nothing practical was done by the Nigeria police. Even when news of his assault went viral, the police had their arms folded and watched like humble spectators of a duel. We condemn this criminal nonchalant attitude. Notably, many Nigerians have faced similar situation in the hands of the police, something which also shows failure of the Nigerian state.
While we wait for the outcome of police investigations, it is incontrovertible that the bullying by the Marlian record label nearly pushed Mohbad over the edge on several occasions and cannot be ignored in how he died even if it is found that his death is a product of a different cause.
Mohbad’s short life was a tragic tale of talent, fame, drug, violence and depression. Nigeria’s music industry may be a multi-million dollar empire that has produced several successful talents but in many ways, it operates in the same mafia-like manner the entire Nigerian society operates wherein the big fish swallows the small ones. Mohbad’s experience at the hands of his bullies plays out in every aspect of Nigerian society whether business, politics, education and even religious institutions but the stories of countless victims are unknown apparently because they are not celebrities. So in every sense, Mohbad’s experience actually mirrors the life of millions of struggling Nigerian youth in a brutal capitalist society under which life is brutish and short.
There are allegations that the Marlian record label is a drug cartel. But even if this is not true, it is incontrovertible that the record label boss promotes drug use and violence, hence his arrest by the NDLEA a few years ago. It is also not a coincidence that Mohbad’s persecutors and bullies have links to the Nigerian state going by videos and pictures on social media which show Sam Larry and Naira Marley in the company of the Lagos State governor, Sanwo-Olu and even President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Despite its liberal appurtenances, in the final analysis, the Nigerian capitalist state is nothing but a criminal enterprise.
Due to the appalling state of the economy as a result of years of capitalist neo-liberal policies, something which have created poverty, unemployment and given rise to criminals perpetrating various atrocities and recruiting innocent youth into criminal organizations. We find it shocking that the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) reportedly chose Naira Marley to be its ambassador despite serious suspicion of drug dealing roving around him.
A diligent and transparent investigation is needed to unravel the immediate and remote circumstances surrounding the death of Mohbad. We do not share any optimism that the police institution, which kept criminal silence in the face of all the reports of attacks on Mohbad before his death, are capable of giving justice. An investigative panel comprising youth organizations, civil society organisations, NBA, NMA and other progressive platforms along with the Police should be constituted to look into all the issues before and after his death.
The Youth Rights Campaign (YRC) supports the protest actions that have taken place in Lagos, Ogun and Ekiti states, we call for more protest actions to press home demand for justice.
We also use this opportunity to call for an end to the menace of cultism which has eaten deep into the fabric of our society, the entertainment industry greatly suffers from this. Many have fallen victims of bullying, assault and killings which are characteristic of cultism. We urge the youth to join radical organizations like the YRC, and begin to fight for a safe and secured society which also ensures respect for democratic and individual rights as well as social justice. We must also fight for a society which uses its human and material resources to guarantee quality education, functional health care, decent jobs and housing for the vast majority.
Adaramoye Michael Lenin
Francis Nwapa Watch
Email YRC: [email protected]