Singer, Eedris Abdulkareem, was a guest on Channels TV on Sunday January 12th where he said he feels vindicated 18 years after he released his hit song, ‘Nigeria Jaga Jaga’.
The song “Jaga Jaga”, which projected corruption and suffering in Nigeria, was released in 2002 and caused a lot of controversies. The song was banned from radio by the Federal Government but was still played at nightclubs. ‘Jaga Jaga’ is a term which has been used to describe something in a state of chaos or disarray.
During the interview, Eedris said
“In 2002 I dropped Nigeria Jaga Jaga, and the ex-president came on the National TV and said that boy wey sing that song, na him papa and him family jaga jaga. I was very happy that my message got to the president. I was very happy that the president talked back at me because that means they were listening and today I’ve been vindicated again because Nigeria is still jaga jaga.”
The singer also spoke about another one of his hit songs, Mr Lecturer, which sought to address issues such as ‘sex for grades’ which remains prominent in many Nigerian institutions.
According to him, he would continue to speak his truth through his music because that is the Legacy that would be left behind after he is long gone.
“For me, life is about choices and whatever you choose to stand for, you have people who want to live that life with you,” Eedris said.