Yeni Kuti, the first daughter of late Afrobeat icon, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, has made her suggestions known on how corruption can be effectively tackled and brought to the barest minimum in Nigeria. According to her, the issue can be tackled properly if they bring fearsome African deities into the picture.
In an interview with Classic Fm, Yeni Kuti said that no one would steal from the government purse if government officials would be made to swear by African deities, rather than making use of the Holy Bible or Quran.
“let them use ‘Juju’ to swear in government officials and we shall see if anybody will continue to steal our money in this country or not.
“I am sure that if they are made to swear by Ogun or some other fearsome African deity, there will be no more corruption,” she said.
“I believe in life after death. Also I believe that if my father has a message for me, he will come directly to me and not go through someone I don’t know or like. If anybody tells me that Fela has sent a message to me through him, I would tell him to ask my dad to appear to me directly himself,” she said.
She said that she is not largely in support of foreign religion, that is, Islam and Christianity, and her father’s influence did not totally determine this.
“It is not that my father made me to embrace it through indoctrination; I learnt and I actually believe in it. As a matter of fact, Fela’s arguments in defence of the traditional African religion were enough to convince me.”
“When I was a young girl and I knew nothing about his dislike for what he often described as ‘foreign religions’ (Christianity and Islam), I used to visit the Braithwaites and accompany them to church on Sundays. When Fela heard of it, he warned me never to use the allowance he gave me for offering in the church. I can’t forget it,”
“What they are doing is wrong. It is either you belong to this or you belong to the other,” Yeni added.