Renowned Nigerian rappers, Falz and Vector have expressed their views about the 2023 elections in latest song ‘Yakubu‘, titled after the INEC chairman.
The Nigeria presidential, gubernatorial, national assembly and state assembly elections was conducted by Prof. Mahmood Yabuku, and has been condemned by many due to some purported electoral malpractice, violence and lack of transparency.
The singers on the new song represent frustrated Nigerians, and didn’t hold back on calling out INEC, it chairman and other political parties allegedly involved in the electoral malpractices.
‘Yabuku‘ serves as Falz’s second official single for 2023 and is a follow-up to the previously released ‘Owa‘ featuring Tekno.
‘Mr Yakubu’ also criticised the poor conduct of the election in which there was a massive failure of the Bi-modal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) and the suspicious downtime of the electoral commission’s server, thwarting the stipulated rule of uploading results from various polling units to increase transparency.
‘Mr Yakubu’ posits that the election did not reflect the N305 billion – Nigeria’s highest election budget in modern times – that was spent on the exercise.
“Mr Yakubu don’t behave like a fraudster… the 300 billion you collected from the government, what did you do with it?” the song rhetorically asked in its lyrics.
“You wrote fake figures, the portal shut down, and you’re lying to us that somebody hacked it… Mr Yakubu don’t be a fraudster,” it added.
Vector criticised the ruling party’s claim that the election was free and fair. According to him, the impropriety was obvious beyond what anyone could deny.
The song also highlighted several factors that were at play during the election season including violence and improper religious, tribal and ethnic divisions which were employed by politicians to secure their bases