Nigerian musician, Folarin Falana, better known as Falz, has claimed that celebrities who promote bigotry and tribalism during election season deserve the criticism they receive on social media.
In an appearance on “Breakfast Central,” Falz spoke on the future of Nigerian politics and youth participation.
The activist expressed dissatisfaction of persons being intimidated for expressing their preferences for candidates for public office and insisted that everyone has the right to do so.
Falz said,: “I find it funny but at the same time not funny because I see where people are coming from. For the one that have fuelled the tribalism and bigotry we spoke of earlier on. I say they hundred percent deserve the bullying they’re getting because that is stupid of them. It’s such an evil thing to put fuel.
“I’ve seen celebrities that I thought had some sense in them, I’ve seen them blatantly fuelling this thing; this tribalism and bigotry in such a senseless manner. I think those ones deserved the bullying.
“However, for the other people that have just come to say, ‘This is my preferred candidate’. Everyone of course, like we know, should be fully free from any attack. You know, I should be able to say, ‘This is my preferred candidate and I stand by that’.
“However, we know what we are going through as a country and we know the people that kept us here as a country. So, when those people come with their full chests and say, ‘This is who I support’, I see why people attack them.
“However, it’s not okay. Nobody should be bullied for their choice of candidate but those people too, they should think about it. Look at it, so far, it’s been going round. They too are feeling it.”