Mr. Jaga Jaga, AKA Eedris Abdulkareem, who has always been known to question the situation of Nigeria in his songs, spoke about the current situation of the country, this time, not in a song.
“It’s so sad Nigeria has been pregnant since 1960,” he said. “She was sixteen years old when she was pregnant, how many years old is Nigeria now? About 53-55-years or something.
“So you can imagine, she is already old and still in labour room, crying. Who raped Nigeria? Who slept with Nigeria, who impregnated Nigeria? These wicked people are still around.
“All the president needs to do is write his name in gold and to be able to do that, he needs not to be biased,” he advised.
Eedris Abdulkareem, who was raised in Kano State by his Ogun state-born mother, adopted Kano as his state of origin and also his surname ‘Abdulkareem.’ He started singing professionally in 1996 and was with the group Remedies, who were at the time signed to Kennis Music.
Eedris Abdulkareem left the group and debuted his solo album P.A.S.S (Pain And Stress – Success) in 2002. Thereafter he released Mr. Lecturer in the same year, Jaga Jaga (2004), Letter to Mr. President (2005), King Is Back (2007) and Unfinished Business in 2010.
In 2004, the release of one of his most popular songs ‘Jaga Jaga’ got the then president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo (OBJ) angry, making him come on national TV to call the song trashy and unpatriotic.
Last year, prior to the general elections, Eedris, dished out his displeasure with OBJ in an interview where he started that OBJ can solve the problems of Nigeria but has refused to for reasons best known to him. In this present administration, this is the first time the rapper is voicing out and his statement surely makes sense.