Femi Falana, a well-known human rights attorney, has said that Falz, his son and rapper, is notorious for publicly humiliating the government as a result of his early experiences.
On Sunday, Falana said in a speech at the Oluyinka Odumakin Lectur’s second anniversary in Lagos that his son had previously been concerned about his many arrests as a lawyer.
Falz’s opinions on the government were molded by his father’s repeated detention by the authorities, which Falana recounted prompted his son to once wonder if he was a criminal.
This information was revealed only a few days after Falz and fellow rapper Vector dropped the new song “Yakubu.”
He said, “One of these guys one day said, ‘Falana talk to your son; he should stop embarrassing the government’. I said which government? You mean that boy who is an adult? Can I give you his number so you can talk to him? But be careful because when that boy was growing up, I was being arrested from time to time. So, the only language he understood was detention, arrest and the rest of them.
“One day, when that boy was six, he asked his mother, ‘Our teacher taught us that only criminals were arrested. Is my father a criminal? Why is he always being arrested? And the mother had to say that in Nigeria, under the military, only two sets of people were arrested: Criminal suspects and political suspects. Political suspects are those who are out to expose the criminality of the government. That is what you see going on.”
Falz is one of the activists who organizes regular #EndSARS memorial services in memory of people who died as a result of police brutality throughout the nation.
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