In Beast of No Nation, Fela calls President Buhari a crazy man in human skin. He mocks Buhari’s War Against Indiscipline and questions why a government should be making such utterances. “My people are useless, my people are senseless, my people are indiscipline,” Fela sings. For Buhari, this was the greatest problem Nigerians had. Why did Nigerians, including myself, expect that Buhari would do better, or say better? Fela exclaims he has never heard a government make such a statement, and it could only be crazy talk.
It didn’t take so long before President Buhari, at a Commonwealth Business Forum in London, referred to young Nigerians as “lazy and uneducated youths”. The response on social media was a hashtag: #LazyNigerianYouths. This won’t be the only embarrassing statement President Buhari would go on to make on international platforms.