In what can now be termed the cold war brewing between Eedris Abdulkareem and former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, the rapper has released a new single that shows that he is still in a fighting mood.
The new single apparently inspired by Obasanjo’s remarks about his song Jagajaga, is titled Baba and rendered in pidgin. This time, the artiste sings about his opinion on Obasanjo’s reaction to Jagajaga and the current state of the country.
As a prelude, the four-minute track currently ‘trending’ online begins with a reference to ‘Baba’ who, Eedris says, is oppressing him.
“Papa na you born me but I no send you again because you no be good Papa,” he chants. “Which kind Papa dey oppress im pikin/Which kind Papa no like im pikin/Which kind Papa no want make im pikin grow. I tire, I never see this kind papa. For this moment I disown you/I no like you/ I dey look for another papa.”
In the rap part of the song, Eedris tells ‘Baba’ that Nigeria’s situation has worsened since he released Jagajaga over 10 years ago.
“12 years ago Nigeria Jagajaga/Today Nigeria don pafuka/You be bad Papa/You no be fine Papa/You dey oppress pikin/Even for Abeokuta they no gbadun your style,” he says.
About a fortnight ago, Obasanjo had expressed his reservations – which he has never failed to do at any point in time – about Eedris’ Jagajaga which he described as blasphemous.
Obasanjo had first hit back at the artiste when the album was freshly released, with some people quoting him as saying it was the singer’s father’s house that was Jagajaga.
At a forum organised by the Nigerian Leadership Initiative in Lagos, in late August also, the vocal, soldier-turned politician said Nigerians no longer believe in themselves; and neither do they believe in their country.
“That takes me back to that song ‘jaga jaga’. How could a sane man dare to call his country jagajaga? It is the height of blasphemy. We are grooming our youths for tomorrow’s leadership and with such a person; I don’t think the country can move forward.”
Apparently angered by the reference to his song as blasphemous and a question about his sanity, Eedris, in the retaliatory song, says Nigeria Jagajaga was a prophesy and that Obasanjo’s dislike for the song has made him a superstar. He adds that he would continue to sing about the Nigerian situation despite ‘Baba’s’ criticism.
“I de my house dey watch television na im I see baba Ota dey yarn say my papa na yamayama/Say my mama na jagajaga. He say na Eedris be the problem of Nigeria. If you talk again, I go sing another. You say make they no give me show but I still dey survive. The road to your house for Ota na jagajaga/Make you sidon for your house make I live my life,” he adds.
By Maureen Azuh