Felabration 2021 edition has begun with the 13th edition of the ‘Fela Debates’ at NECA Hall Lagos on Monday.This year’s titled: ‘The National Question: Evolution or Devolution’, has Senior lawyer Mr Femi Falana as the moderator, Among the panellists were Mr Tony Nnadi, Arinola Oloko, Seun Anikulapo Kuti, and Dele Farotimi. after some speakers like Senator Shun Sani and Jonathan Asake could not make it to the event. All did justice to the topic of the day;
Felabration is an annual music festival conceived in 1998, by Yemi Kuti,
in memory and celebration of her father, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, a Nigerian musician and human rights activist known for pioneering the Afrobeat genre of music, one man who brought about so many reforms in Nigeria,
The theme was picked from late Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s old music titled: ” Viva Africa”, which talked about the essence of staying united as Africans.Falana, who was late Fela’s lawyer, said that with more organisational capacity, Nigerian youths would contribute more to the growth and development of the country by urging Nigerian youths to get involved in politics.“Nigerian youths need to get engaged politically, they have roles to play in the struggle for a new Nigeria,” he said.Falana, who recounted the achievements of late Fela said that due to the fact that he talked, acted and sang about Nigerian problems, the late musician was able to correct some societal anomalies.He said that the Anti-torture Act was enacted in 2017 due to late Fela’s clamour that no Nigerian should be subjected to torture in a police station.Tony Nnadi, Secretary-General, Lower Niger Congress, urged the Federal Government to work and ensure the amendment of the 1999 constitution-making reference at the exclusive list of the constitution which he said is the major problem of Nigeria.Nnadi said that the content of the constitution worked against the progress of the nation, giving more power and preference to some regions at the detriment of other regions.Arinola Oloko, a certified Mediation Advisor, said that the 1999 constitution does not support women, youths and the physically challenged and as such needed to be changed.Oloko called for the autonomy of the local government to be able to control their finances which would give room for sporadic development at the grassroots, he encourage youths to unity.
“As citizens of Nigeria, we must be deliberate to make changes in the nation, we need to organise and be united to make the change a reality,” she said.
Seun Kuti, son of the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti, suggested that for the constitution to be amended, the youth must engage the people in power politically to ensure the constitution was changed to benefit the six geo-political zones.
“Protest, rally, the demonstration will not change the constitution because the ordinary citizens do not have the power to do so,” he said.
Kuti called on Nigerian leaders to be empathetic for the less privileged and ensure that the rule of law played out.
“Am not an anarchist, we need to organise ourselves, youths are only a reflection of the society, we don’t have the power to change the society but when the Nigerian professionals engage the youth, we will have a better society,” he said.
Dele Farotimi, an activist call on an election boycott come 2023, as the only way to get it right, he said we can’t continue voting power that destroys us and expect change, that Nigeria should for once be the change by boycotting the election.
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The event ended with a gift presentations.