Seun Kuti’s Relationship with President Tinubu
Seun Kuti, the youngest son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, recently shared his thoughts on Nigeria’s new president, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and the nature of their relationship.
In an interview with media personality Chude Jideonwo, Seun Kuti discussed his connection with the president, emphasizing Tinubu’s role in the fight for democracy in Nigeria.
Tinubu as a Political Mentor
Seun Kuti described Bola Ahmed Tinubu as his political mentor and highlighted Tinubu’s efforts in the struggle for democracy in Nigeria.
He noted that Tinubu was a prominent figure in the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), a group that played a pivotal role in advocating for democracy in Nigeria following the annulment of Chief MKO Abiola’s presumed victory in the presidential election of June 12, 1993.
A Strong Personal Relationship
Seun Kuti spoke of his close personal relationship with President Tinubu, referring to him as his uncle. He explained that growing up, Tinubu was a good friend of his uncle Beko and served as a mentor to him during his formative years.
Many of the political ideas he holds today were imparted to him by these men who fought for democracy in Nigeria. Seun Kuti even performed at Tinubu’s rallies during his first term as Governor of Lagos State.
A Balanced Perspective
Despite their close relationship, Seun Kuti acknowledged that President Tinubu’s performance as the leader of Nigeria has not been satisfactory in his view.
He clarified that while they have a strong personal connection, he does not have a political relationship with Tinubu. He emphasized that the truth is what matters to him, and he speaks candidly about it, regardless of the opinions of others or any potential influence.
Seun Kuti’s perspective reflects his commitment to speaking the truth without fear or favor.