Spectacular songs criticizing the “wicked” rule of President Muhammadu Buhari are currently rocking the airwaves across parts of Nigeria, a thing that was unthinkable some years back.
One of such songs in Hausa openly declared that “Baba has failed, he is unable to save Nigeria. Instead of saving the country, he has spoiled everything.” The very melodious song, referred to the President to be as “stubborn as a mule” who thinks he alone is right and everyone else is wrong.
The song went on, to cite examples of his stubbornness, when even the first lady pointed out that things must be done differently, he rebuked her that she was not a politician. However, the artists pointed out to Buhari that Nigeria of today isn’t like that of yesteryears and democracy isn’t military rule. They therefore said, “autocratic rule we won’t accept.”
According to the song, there are promises that are not kept. It urged the President to resign peacefully without being forced to, as that is the unified position of all Nigerians.
The song referred to Buhari as a catfish, perhaps because of the relative big size of its head, which often is symbolically used to connote arrogance, or because of the characteristics of catfish to rather sink than float, a reference to the way Buhari has sunk the economy rather than float it, or perhaps in relation to the powerful venom of catfish to imply how deaths have come to characterize his rule. For whatever reason was Buhari referred to as catfish, “May God forbid the reign of deception,” sang the artists.
Turning to the economy, the song said confusion has overtaken Buhari as he is clueless with the power he has. As a result, “life is difficult under Baba.” The song was interjected with chorus of ” Baba has failed!” It concluded with a prayer, “may we survive your wicked rule Baba.”
Listen to the song here: