I’m ashamed to have campaigned for Jonathan – Daddy Showkey

Ghetto Soldier, John Asiemo otherwise called Daddy Showkey, said on Thursday at the rally against fuel subsidy removal in Ojota, Lagos that he was ashamed to have participated in campaigning for President Goodluck Jonathan.

He said he decided to stay away from the protest since Monday because of the shame the policy had caused him, having convinced his fans and other Nigerians through his songs to vote for Jonathan.

Showkey stated, “I am ashamed that I canvassed votes for him with my songs. That is why for about three days I was at home watching the protest and what people are saying. It is four days of protest today (Thursday) and the President is not listening. Open your eyes, Jonathan – before it is too late. The people are angry. Why do you have to do this to the people because of some idiots you call your advisers when you are supposed to sack them all.”

Also, actress Clarion Chukwurah stated that the rally was not only about fuel subsidy removal but the dishonesty exhibited by politicians whenever they were seeking votes.

“The President used $200m Intervention fund as a bait to make Nigerian entertainers campaign for him. That is why Nigerians followed us to vote for him. $200m is a lie. The President lied. We must not continue with this kind of dishonesty,” Chukwurah said.

A new song said to have been composed on Wednesday by gospel artiste, evangelist Timi Osukoya, stirred meditation when it was played on Thursday at the rally.

The singer expressed optimism that the people would eventually win the battle against the unpopular decision.

He appealed to God not to abandon the country, which, he noted, was, experiencing unemployment, hunger, poverty, insecurity, economic downturn and attacks from the dreaded Boko Haram sect.

Osukoya, who came to limelight after the release of Telemi, said the Goodluck Jonathan administration was insensitive to the plight of Nigerians.

He said, “God look down on us. Nobody knows what will happen next. Suddenly, the government removed subsidy on fuel on the first day of a new year.”

The artiste urged the President to remember that he got into office through the votes, sweat and blood of the masses.

“You are an ingrate, Mr. President. And this is dangerous,” he stated.

An up-and-coming hip-hop artiste simply identified as Q-dot also condemned the decision in a song titled “Subsidy”, which was composed on Wednesday.

He noted that the country has cassava, yet, it imports Eba, a staple food, from the next door.

He sang, ” Fashola is working, Jonathan is looking, Boko Haram is bombing.”

Other musicians and dramatists at the rally included celebrated cimetographer, Tunde Kelani, Idowu Philips (Iya Rainbow); Ireti Osayemi, Kunle Afolayan, Foluke Daramola; hip-hop act Tony Tetuila, reggae artiste, Prince Wadada, Wasiu Ayinde, Lord of Ajasa, Femi and Seun Kuti.
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