Seun Kuti shares how Govt threatened to shut down African Shrine over #EndSARS meeting

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Nigerian musician Seun Kuti has shared how the government threatened to shut down African Shrine over the proposed launch of his post-#EndSARS movement.

Seun Kuti who is the son of Afrobeat icon Fela Kuti said the government made the threat to shut down African Shrine in a call to his elder sister. He also posted a letter from the Divisional Police Officer, The Nigeria Police, Alausa Division, Ikeja, wherein the Police said the meeting Seun was planning “is not welcome at this perilous time.”

The letter read in part: “Your are hereby warned to suspend such gathering as any infraction that may emerge from this gathering will be tag (sic) a deliberate action to sabotage the transition and restoration of the peace in Lagos State by Lagos State government and the Nigeria Police Force.”

The planned meeting tagged: “Mass Meeting of a Movement of the People – #EndSARS Movement: Lessons and Tasks” was supposed to be attended by several humanitarian organizations including Nigeria Resistance Movement (NRM), Socialist Vanguard Tendency(SVT), Movement for Socialist Alternative(MSA), Joint Action Front (JAF) among others.

In response to the new development, Seun Kuti said he respects his family’s decision to not go on with the decision to hold the event at the Shrine but said he will still go ahead to launch the movement.

Seun Kuti wrote on his social media page:

“I respect my families decision not to hold the event as is but I will still go ahead with all the other organizations to launch THE MOVEMENT OF THE PEOPLE tomorrow and start our political resistance to the tyranny of this oppressive regime.”

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