Despite the rise in COVID-19 cases, Nigerian musician, Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley has come under intense criticism for performing at a concert that recorded massive attendance in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
It was gathered that Naira Marley flew from Lagos to Abuja with Ex-BBNaija star, Kimoprah, despite the ban on interstate movement and flights.
The event which was meant to be a ‘drive-in-concert’ was held at the Jabi Lake Mall.
The musician was earlier arrested On April 6, 2020, for violating the lockdown rules by attending a house party organised by actress, Funke Akindele, and her husband Abdul Rasheed Bello.
He was later released after tendering a written apology to the Lagos State Government and an undertaking that he would henceforth comply with the government’s stay-at-home and social distancing directives; and that he would go into 14-day self-isolation, having attended a crowded birthday party.
However, Nigerians on Twitter have reacted to the current breach of the lockdown rules by the singer.
Deji Adeyanju said, “If Naira Marley gets away with this, all musicians should start doing concerts too and we should all disregard government directives and protocoln the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Ikenna Nzimora tweeted, “Naira Marley should be arrested, prosecuted and jailed”.
Another tweep, Aye Mojubar wrote, “Naira Marley had a concert in Abuja last night during a pandemic. There is actually something missing somewhere. If truly the youths are the hope of every nation, what’s your faith with this mindset?”
Woye1 tweeted, “Pls @hadisirika investigate the domestic flight that brought Naira Marley to Abuja. Was the flight for humanitarian/pharmaceutical issues @FAAN_Official. We need an explanation.”
SirWilliam tweeted, “All the people who went to Naira Marley’s concert yesterday complained about lack of palliatives. They complained about Nigeria’s poor healthcare and reduced healthcare budget. But Naira Marley breaking state border rules to perform in Abuja. They turned up for the madness.”
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This unfortunate concert by Naira Marley was put together by Play Network Africa, Traffic Bar, El’Carnival and was proudly sponsored by Glenfiddich.
Silverbird Entertainment Centre was the venue while Nairabox and Ariiya sold the tickets.
There, you have your Covidiots! https://t.co/A8K347Vfy8
— Demola Of Lagos (@OmoGbajaBiamila) June 14, 2020
Why should Naira Marley (who seem to like so much walaha) be arrested again when we watched on TV how several government officials who work with the president flout the lockdown rules and nothing happened to them? The Aisha Buhari issue is also about an SA flying around.
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) June 14, 2020
So KimOprah hosted Naira Marley’s concert yesterday but will be wearing nose masks at bbnaija reunion. Interesting 🤔
— Arizona (@_MzJayde) June 14, 2020
Naira Marley did it first with Funke Akindele. Sincere there was no stringent punishment for that I know he’ll repeat it, and voilà he did it again in Abuja overnight.
Lawless citizens, lawless govt, lawless nation.
— AyeMojubar (@ayemojubar) June 14, 2020
I know Naira Marley stays in Lagos and not Abuja. How did he fly to Abuja when there’s still a travel ban in Nigeria?
— Mazi Olisaemeka C. ™ (@OlisaOsega) June 14, 2020
Naira Marley didnt hold the concert in just any states in Nigeria but Abuja the Federal Capital where we have all the Government Parastatals that makes law, yet the concert went fine and nobody could stop it under this pandemic.
In my country, laws are made for the weak.🥺💔
— Tandy Of Lagos💫 (@iam_tandyboy) June 14, 2020
Now i can finally say this naira marley is followed by his village people, there is this strong connection between him and prison