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Sunday, 5 February 2017

The Two Faces Of Tuface

Tuface’s decision to lead a protest to register the dissatisfaction of Nigerians with the performance of the incumbent administration and to reiterate the value of government’s responsibility to the people was his finest moment as a citizen and artiste. But it is also now, with his Jammeh-like volte-face, his worst moment. 



His transformation into a champion of democratic values and voice of the masses brought him added stardom and value. His retreat has turned him into a revolutionary manquΓ©. He deserves our understanding and sympathy.


When on 24th January Tuface (Innocent Dibia) announced that he was going to lead, under the umbrella of the Tuface Foundation, a mass protest against the economic policies of the Buhari government, he immediately attracted public interest. A multiple award-winning musician, a naturally talented stage performer and author of at least two evergreen songs: “My African Queen” and “If Love is a Crime”, TuBaba, as he is also known, sounded like he was moving from art to politics, and seemed ready to answer to the true calling of the artist as the conscience of the people.


Artists and creative persons have always led protests and lent their voices to progressive causes. That much is the case in the United States at the moment, where artistes have raised their voices and joined protests to remind the “insurgent in the White House” that America is a land of freedom, democracy and justice and not bigotry and tyranny. Here at home, Fela, and his cousin, the Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe and others as well, have shown the power of creativity and stardom as a veritable vehicle for social change and justice. Artists and their art, and their movement from stage, or the printed page, to the public arena of action have always saved humanity, by humanizing man. This has been the case from Sophocles, all through time and history to Olanrewaju Adepoju, Beyonce and Kanye West.



But activism comes with a price. Tuface obviously didn’t bargain for that. He received enormous support. His announcement of the February 5, later February 6 protest energized the angry, frustrated Nigerian base, and drew our unrelenting “children of anger” back into an overdrive on social media. The international community also became interested, waiting to see the effect of a protest driven by star-power in Nigeria. It was coincidentally a season of protests across the world: in the Gambia, there had been protests against Yahyah Jammeh with a positive outcome, in the US, the UK and elsewhere, Donald Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries and his misogyny led to protests on both counts, and in the case of the former, a Federal judge has given a ruling that has resulted in the suspension of the ban. In Cameroon, concerned citizens are protesting over discrimination against English-speaking Cameroonians. In Romania, a sea of protesting citizens has just had its way. There is all around the world, right now, a resurgence and affirmation of people power, be it Brexit or left-wing activism in Europe. Individuals and groups lead such moments in history- what makes them different is the fire in their bellies and their readiness to command the revolution, at great personal risk.



It looked initially as if Tuface had that burning fire in his belly, but he couldn’t make that leap between self-preservation and the risks of rebellion. He had appeared on television. He spoke confidently about the need for real change in Nigeria. He encouraged Nigerians to come out en masse to support the movement. He even announced the colour and dress code of the protest. His wife stood by him and she, too, talked about her husband’s convictions about national progress and good governance. Each time Tuface appeared in the media, during those five minutes in the sun, he looked bright and determined. But everything changed late Saturday evening. The recorded video of Tuface’s volte-face, announcing the cancellation of the Feb. 6 protest showed him looking dispirited, broken, ashen, as if he had been shaken up and chastised. He looked unsettled with his scraggy, uncombed beard. It is not difficult to know when a man’s balls have been squeezed.



Tuface actually deserves our sympathy. He must have gone through a lot of pressures that broke his spirit. His capitulation makes us appreciate even better the heroism of those who always stood up to dictatorships. His example is indeed a great lesson…And I mean that positively for the fact that…Despite the massive support that he received, he also received a lot of discouragement. An old ally of his, some guy appropriately called Blackface was one of the first persons to blacken the idea of the protest. Some Nollywood, belle-forever-face-front-chop-money-money-finish-carry-go characters also opposed Tuface. Some musicians too, although in the long run, Tuface was able to mobilise the support of every section of the Nigerian community at home and in diaspora. By Saturday when he poured cold ice on the whole thing, the protest had even grown beyond him, much larger, with others seizing the initiative and turning what he had thought would be a small show into a nationwide and diaspora event. At that point, Tuface was no longer the singer of sultry songs, but the symbol of a rebellion. The enormity of that potential must have frightened him. He didn’t have the courage to see it through. Leadership is about courage. A coward can never lead a rebellion.



But we should struggle to understand his situation. He was accused of having seven children from three women, which is an absolutely stupid point. An artist does not have to be a saint. We relate to their art and their engagements with society on the basis of the positive value that they bring forth. It is also possible that Tuface received pressures from his multiple in-laws, and even the Baby Mamas defending their stakes in his life. The official wife must have been accused of trying to encourage him to get into trouble so he could get killed and she alone can sit on his estate. The Baby Mamas and all the in-laws must have called to remind him that his children are still very young and he needs to be alive to be their father and so he should think twice before going to use his chest to stop Nigeria Police bullets. Family members, to whom he is obviously a breadwinner, must have advised him to stay with his singing and dancing and not get involved in politics. They would remind him how Fela’s mum got killed and how Fela’s house was razed down, and how every artist who dared the Nigerian government ended up in exile or in prison or with a strange motor accident.



The Nigerian government was of course unhappy with the planned protest, and the idea of it created enormous confusion in Abuja and Aso Rock. While the office of the Acting President spoke about the right to protest and the government not having anything against the expression of fundamental human rights, the Office of the President on vacation made it very clear that the would-be protesters are enemies of the government of the day and sore losers. Those two seemingly contradictory impressions from Aso Rock can only point to one thing: high-level intrigue within. That is probably why the Nigeria Police kept shuffling: we don’t approve of the protest, we do, we don’t, we beg. The timing says it all also. With the President out of the country, and the plan of the protesters to welcome him with a Trump-like protest from Abuja, to Lagos, Port Harcourt, Uyo and Akure, and in parts of the Western world, the damage would have been incalculable. And Tuface would have been held responsible for leading the sabotage. No Nigerian government since 1999 has benefitted from any mass protest. The anti-third term protest hobbled the Obasanjo government. The Jonathan government never recovered from the pro-fuel subsidy protests of January 2012. Tuface and his planned protest had set the stage for a similar prospect for the Buhari government.



What Tuface imagined was a clean-hearted civil action would have resulted in absolute panic, with some informal voices in and around government doing dangerous analysis on ethnic and religious grounds. Reckless hypotheses such as the following: (a) “so, as Baba hand over this thing to Osinbajo so, the only thing his Christian brothers think they should do is to organize a protest in Baba’s absence?” (b) “You don hear say Osinbajo’s office say people have right to protest? So, Baba cannot even travel on vacation again. Walahi, these Yoruba people cannot be trusted.” (c) What are these security people doing? If they are loyal to Baba, by now they should have invited that Tuface, and ask him about the two SUVs that Akpabio gave him and his wife when they got married. They should show him strong evidence that the SUVs were bought with Akwa Ibom state government money and he should pay back the money or get ready to be sued for being an accomplice in a case of diversion of public funds. (d) Or you could have some people affirming the narrative that was put out by the APC and friends of the government of the day viz: “this is the PDP at work. Tuface must be an agent of PDP. Why are our own APC people sleeping? Baba no dey around, they want to pull down the country. So, Tuface is now working with Ayo Fayose of Ekiti, to embarrass Baba? This Osinbajo, can we trust him?”



By pulling the trigger at this time, Tuface simply put a lot of people under pressure and placed their jobs and loyalty at risk -no doubt about it, they must have come after him with a sledgehammer to stop and discourage him. Clear evidence: a counter-revolutionary #IstandwithBuhari protest has already been announced to last for two days. The Tuface revolution that has been abandoned by its main motivator teaches us more lessons about the dynamics of power in Nigeria and the temperament of the resident power elite. Will the protest now take place on February 6, without Tuface? Or will everyone hold fire and down their tools of anger? What is certain, however, is that Tuface is likely to sit at home tomorrow with Anne, his temptingly pretty wife by his side, watching the latest episode of Big Brother Naija on TV, with chicken and salad before him, and a bottle of wine, and one of his hands, innocently setting the stage for the amorous prelude for child number eight. With his wife telling him: “don’t worry yourself dear, Nigeria is not worth dying for. Who wan die make e go die. You have tried your best, my darling husband!”.



That is how many would-be heroes become anti-heroes, and their dreams die a-borning. If the protests go ahead on February 6 as many are threatening, nonetheless, Tuface would lose a lot. If it doesn’t go ahead, he would still lose. The torch of protest that he has lit may not burn on the streets of Nigeria; it is burning already in the minds of the people. He may have chickened out, but he has already achieved the goal of his initial plan. He has by lending his star power to an anti-Buhari protest, expanded the population of angry Nigerians. He has given voice to their anger and fears. His withdrawal from action will not excuse him. Whatever anyone tells him, in the long run, he would still be punished for his bravery and cowardice on both counts. He should not be surprised if for the next few months, he doesn’t get invited to any concert, or performance contract, or if he gets to perform anywhere, he could be booed off the stage. He should not be surprised if his phones stop ringing, or if it rings at all, he could be told: “call me on what’s app I beg, I don’t know if they are monitoring your calls.”



Let no one blame Tuface. His stage name Tuface is the name of Janus: the two-face Greek god, who looks in two directions. When it mattered most in his career, Tuface Idibia answered the call of his name

BY REUBEN ABATI


114 comments:

Miss Ess said...

See where Reuben carry am enter......

Ed said...

πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚Abati abati.... Before nko? Ndi Igbo siri na azota ani tupu achoba ute,onye di ndu bu onye nwere olile Anya...

MrsB said...

Lmao. You're saying Tuface has Two faces? That's rich.
Says the man who was a champion with his pen, speaking through his column in the papers, advocate for the masses and one of the Government's biggest critics. Only for you to get an appointment with the Jonathan administration and forget the masses. Abeg face front.
Mr Reuben Anywhere-Money-Face Abati.
Wobbish

Prettypepis said...

2face is a coward

STARRY LARRY said...

Oruko long ro'mo





*Larry was here*

MISS TRUTH said...

When Reuben write I read. You are a great writer sir.

Anonymous said...

Make una watch that Tuface video again,it's obvious something was done to him, nigga cried, hair scattered, God go punish anbody wey do tuface bad thing, what a stupid wicked government, commisioner of police lagos it shall not be well with u and your cohorts

Eminado Onimisi said...

He may not be a hero to Nigerians, but he will always be a good father, husband and sons. My respect for him has not wane.

ukwu dimond said...

Him and gifty should have a stage performance.

Villager said...

Mai sef an the res of the vilegers ah so rilly disapointhird in Tu-fase... Eat wool aff be mosh beta iff e addn't stepin dan stepin an bak-out at diss piont in thym.

Eminado Onimisi said...

Any one that is upset with Tuface should lead the protest.

Rosemary Chidi said...

Reuben and long epistles sha. I will read it for night biko.

Queen of Queens aka Boo's Barny said...

I didn't read abeg

Beloved said...

I just knew it is Reuben Abati




I was reading and it seems that the explanation just didn't want to end. I said let confirm something under first. Kaaii

Shennel said...

Hmmm...

Becky Divine said...

Tuface idibia is a COWARD
Why start something you know you can't finish??? Security reasons my arse mshewww

#It is my opinion

Beloved said...

Let no one blame Tuface. His stage name Tuface is the name of Janus: the two-face Greek god, who looks in two directions. When it mattered most in his career, Tuface Idibia answered the call of his name

Okay Reuben Abati thanks again for the novella. I just finished reading

John Edet said...

If Nigerians can celebrate Ibori den tuface did the right thing. No Nigerian is worth dying for.

Anonymous said...

Now I believe that anon that said apc ogas came to lagos to have a meeting with lagos commisioner of police, it's wa o, kai

Anonymous said...

Hmmm...this is the first time 2face go pulled out of something for once in his life....

Anonymous said...

Baba Reuben for the girls. This is everything I analysed in my head. Tubaba fucked up big time by starting this whole thing and not seeing it through. He will always be remembered as the fool who was played by the government and chickened out of a protest.

Highness Gwen said...

Mmmmmmmm

Highness Gwen said...

Mmmmmmmm

Sharon Aminu said...

I love that last paragraph

mama tee said...

Something went down. We may never know but yuface was threatened. It's easier for a man with no affiliations or dependants to make certain decisions. He was threatened eith many things that mattered in his life. The

zion baby said...

Uncle Rueben pls i no get strength todayπŸ˜’πŸ˜’

LIGHT said...

I cant believe this, how could he? He should have known and be prepared for criticism and backlash before he announced his intention to lead a massive protest. Now he has killed the hope we had,knowing that the protest will mean we stood up for ourselves, knowing that the protest will mean we had a fighting chance and we took it. Now the politicians and even the abroad supporters will only see us as toothless dogs. You lit the candle of hope Tuface and you blew it off yourself. Now get ready for a worse backlash and criticism. Since you knew you wouldn't see it through no matter what, you shouldn't have started it @all.

Default Smile said...

This just had to be Reuben and no! I didnt read it all😏😏😏



#My case is different

Anonymous said...

It don't know. Time shall tell
Godwin Alex

miss priya said...

They would remind him how Fela’s mum got killed and how Fela’s house was razed down, and how every artist who dared the Nigerian government ended up in exile or in prison or with a strange motor accident.


That is how many would-be heroes become anti-heroes, and their dreams die a-borning. If the protests go ahead on February 6 as many are threatening, nonetheless, Tuface would lose a lot. If it doesn’t go ahead, he would still lose. The torch of protest that he has lit may not burn on the streets of Nigeria; it is burning already in the minds of the people. He may have chickened out, but he has already achieved the goal of his initial plan. He has by lending his star power to an anti-Buhari protest, expanded the population of angry Nigerians. He has given voice to their anger and fears. His withdrawal from action will not excuse him. Whatever anyone tells him, in the long run, he would still be punished for his bravery and cowardice on both counts. He should not be surprised if for the next few months, he doesn’t get invited to any concert, or performance contract, or if he gets to perform anywhere, he could be booed off the stage. He should not be surprised if his phones stop ringing, or if it rings at all, he could be told: “call me on what’s app I beg, I don’t know if they are monitoring your calls.”
REUBEN ABATI is very correct here

danny fisiye said...

abati himself has said it all







#GODWIN™

Anonymous said...

Baba Abati noni.

Fab_divas online store for designer bags, footwares and clothings said...

I didn't even bother bothering!!!!

Isolde Fontaine said...

lol Oga Reuben, nice piece!

Anonymous said...

Don't start what you cannot finish.

Krix said...

Once I see the topic I know my man abati haff come.
Now lemme read

Krix signing out via iPhone 7+

Londonmosquito said...

Too long ah didn't even care to read. Tuface should go n nyash down,am disappointed

Florence Dibs said...

It is well
This country is only God that will intervene
Apc have finally murdered this country

Becky Divine said...

Stella just got information that Tuface was arrested by DSS last night ooooh hmmmm
Biko confirm how true or false that is

White Eagle said...

Oghene biko o. So that's how everything ended??? Choi. Naija!!!!

Senator said...

2 face I love you

Tilly said...

I still love and respect 2face no matter what.

BELLA'S @cakes_by_bellas said...

read somewhere that he was threatened or so. that the DSS came to pick him up a day before he cancelled

Just Mee said...

Lol @ 2face and Annie sitting down at home tomorrow ...fine-tuning the process of making baby number eight.

...answering the call of his name..,2face

Oga Uncle Reu you are mouthed

BELLA'S @cakes_by_bellas said...

true, they might have threatened his family

BELLA'S @cakes_by_bellas said...

I knew it. he couldn't just cancel . they threatened him. useless, clueless government

Anonymous said...

Reuben Abati are u nt a Nigerian?go and lead d protest nah..no nigerian is worth dying for..nice one 2baba,u did d right tin

HummingBird said...

This article is just unreadable.. Too long jor

Iyke Desmond said...

Lwkmd ......Reuben Abati...Damnnn yur good !!! I enjoyed reading dis. .
2face just showed why dey call him 2face,just wot blackface was saying ...Nigga with no balls !!!

beautiful godly said...

I think 2face was threatened although personally I would have love him to hold the protests to help the government feel the what the masses are feeling
There is suffering in the land
I pray God raise a voice for the masses since 2baba has chicken out

Tiwa

Tilly said...

Becky instead of condemning his actions, why not show your patriotism for your country and lead a protest. Or does it have to be a celebrity?

Krix said...

Mr Reuben Abati is so good in writing that I can only compare him c Ronaldo in football world. No one writes better than Abati and no one plays better than c Ronaldo.

Krix signing out via iPhone 7+

St.FranKooL.... said...

#Running away from problems doesnt solve them. It just makes it worse when you have to face it again*

Lilly simple said...

Gbam
You're so right

QUEEN AMY Loves ACCESS BANK said...

Tilly that's what cowards like you say, why not lead. Una never see suffering

I am the queen and the boss of this blog(CHIEF) said...

I can't believe I read this...
So Tuface was arrested yesterday by Vuharia's DSS...
Hmmmm
Vuharia and his blood suckers APC government are so predictable!...

LUCILE COCONUT OIL ABUJA 07059605320 Pin- 2BC6235E said...

Reuben Reuben,it can only be you

Oluyomi Odukoya said...

Thank you o. Is it that difficult? Lead the protest, snap pics and post on social media self. Abeg, I wan chop. Perceiving the aroma of the dinner my beloved mum is cooking for me.

Oluyomi Odukoya said...

Thank you o. Is it that difficult? Lead the protest, snap pics and post on social media self. Abeg, I wan chop. Perceiving the aroma of the dinner my beloved mum is cooking for me.

Oluyomi Odukoya said...
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9ja Parrot said...

Held me spell-bond from the beginning to the end. What a piece!!!

Anonymous said...

TuBaba backed out at the wrong time

Now, he will lose the support of the people and the support of the Government. He should have stood for the people. History would remember him for these, for stepping down. Let him not think by backing down he has won the support of these government, they are patiently waiting for him.

This is a wrong move.

I understand the ungrateful mentality of some Nigerians but there are many Nigerians looking for someone to speak for them. If you want to be an activist, someone who stands for something, a lot of people will not like you but there are still some who would.

We cannot all continue to be quiet. Same thing on this blog. A lot of people have become conformist because they do not want to miss out on giveaways or a meaningless shout out. They no longer have that same belief they had day one. The easiest way to get them is by throwing some peanuts their way and they become what you can control. Once they discover you like to do giveaway, they are ready to praise you whether you are right or wrong. Gone are the days, when people say no to gift just because the gifter's values does not align with theirs. Gone are the days when people are known to stand for something good no matter what. Our grandparents rejected so many gift when they realised it is not from God and the gift can control them. Our greatgrandparents were not cowards.

We need to stop being a generation of receivers of peanuts to a generation that owns conglomerate.

We need to stop being a generation where we decorate serious issues with humour to becoming a generation where we have to sit down ,communicate and tackle issues.

We need to become a generation where we wholly depend on God when we are standing for something. We may not have a lot of people standing with us when we stand, but one with God is a majority.

We need to be a generation where getting for ourselves and our families should not just make us contented, we have to look out for that our neighbor, show concern, speak up for him, care for him.

I know humans are flip floppy, you might speak up for your neighbor and tomorrow, he/she starts dining with the person you are cautioning him against but would that make you to keep quiet when you know you are right... No.

When you are blessed with a platform to speak, we should never back down. Though we would speak with wisdom but let us surely speak.

The disgusting thing about this is, all the people who have intentions of contesting for the Presidential election 2019 are all quiet. But in 2019, they would spring up on us and expect us to remember them . How will that work?

President Olusegun Obasanjo remains the best President Nigeria ever had but he is a very crafty man. I remarked how he said Ndigbo should look forward to the President post in 2019 so he can push the fighting and the war to Igbo people while they stand aside and watch who wins. They will never collectively stand up for something without speaking from both sides of their mouth or trying to use Igbo people as pawn.

P.S, When I mean our grandparents stood for something, I do not mean these old dirty politicians that sold their birthright and that of their children's children for a pot of undercooked pottage.

KING XOXO MYSTERY

Just Glamour said...

Very true, Dss picked him up and he has refused to open up on what went down,he will prolly tell Annie later,I still heard he's so shaken.

Anonymous said...

I noticed they were telling him what to say...

Candid! said...

Lmaooo...this article is everything.

Candid! said...

Vuhari is a tyrant. Ancient serpent! Still love tuface and Annie regardless

MrsB said...
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Anonymous said...

Abati...the pen is mightier than the sword..

Chikito The Professional Fire for Fire said...

Thanks for helping me reply this Abati man. So its Tuface that's 'good' to die for Nigeria? Wey una don chop money dey sleep for house? Oshisco plc! Abeg let him rest with his endless write-up. Even befitting burial they won't give him of anything had happened to him. I'm indifferent about the calling off of the protest, though.

Chikito The Professional Fire for Fire said...

Writes. When reuben WRITES.

I am hephzibah said...

A very good read.I enjoyed reading it Mr Abati is a good writer no doubt but with Tubaba'volte-face I see not much difference between him and Mr Abati's time in government he defended every action which he once criticised in the name of being better informed so Tubaba's action might also be as a result of being better informed.He should have gone ahead with it only if he had the force of conviction to die for it and with that let the whole world know what played out behind the scene.Nigerians should take their destinies in their hands and let those in government know they are servants not masters.

Anonymous said...

DSS went after 2baba fucked up country

Zitel Coconut oil Onitsha 08081725441 said...

Reuben can write shaa

Anonymous said...

Kettle. Pot. Black.
"When Reuben writes"

Anonymous said...

He was arrested by DSS yesterday. He was given what to say and made to say it on video under duress. He was released to his family today evening.

Anonymous said...

I laugh at Nigerians. My people I do not see any hope whatsoever for ur country. Una no serious at all at all. A country that celebrates criminals and shuts down someone who is trying to make an effort to at least raise a voice. What a country. God forbid.

Exiled Nigerian

Anonymous said...

Stella all dis long piece ain't necessary. Tuface ma ihe ona eme.d protest will still hold but will not be led by Tubaba and dis is to avoid him bearing d consequences of the violence n possible loss of lives dat may result out of this protest. All dis bloggers, stop carrying unverified gist.

Anonymous said...

Ahhh the real reason Tuface backed out is now coming out oo. He was held by DSS and just released today. He was coarsed at their office to make the video that was posted. Guys watch the video again and u will notice it was not of his free will. Plus a neighbour of his confirmed his return from DSS today. Na wah for this country and INTIMIDATION ooo.

Hawt Mrs said...

Hair?
Where??

Anonymous said...

Tuface is a product of the Naija system where most of it's people are also two-faced on just about everything: personal and formal r/ships 365 days a year. Before blaming Tuface, each Naija woman & man should take time to look at their faces in the "mirror." QED@atm

Anonymous said...

Tuface is a product of the Naija system where most of it's people are also two-faced on just about everything: personal and formal r/ships 365 days a year. Before blaming Tuface, each Naija woman & man should take time to look at their faces in the "mirror". QED@atm

Anonymous said...

Wowwww
Made for an interesting read
Good one Reuben...just knew it was you.

Anonymous said...

Lol

Anonymous said...

Taaaa @ queen Amy, your deities in the village forbid you to lead? Isn't it obvious something happened hence his decision. It is better to be a coward one million times and be alive.

Ebi...#bosschic# said...

Go and lead d protest naa...I don't blame tuface. Life is sweet. Who wan die?

Anonymous said...

Yeah right, after being arrested he should still go ahead with the protest? When he dies like a chicken, he will be a loss to his family.

QUEEN AMY Loves ACCESS BANK said...

King xoxo you just got a fan but stop fighting here inugo.

Imalee said...

One million likes. Was just thinking of what to title his own. The two mouths of Reuben Abati. Tai Solarin number 2

Imalee said...

Oh ohh

Imalee said...

Wetin do your own voice nbe?

AGELESS T said...

All I see is :

Anne, his temptingly pretty wife by his side, watching the latest episode of Big Brother Naija on TV, with chicken and salad before him, and a bottle of wine, and one of his hands, innocently setting the stage for the amorous prelude for child number eight.

Kikikikiki....
Uncle Ruben can write sha,!!!

Can't help but laugh...

AGELESS T said...

@just me, Aswear

xhlrted p said...

Worth the read Mr Reuben. Worth it.
The only line I see is "with one of his hands innocently setting the prelude for child number eight". Hahahahaha.
Mr Reuben is kworupt!

Honestly, Tuface looked manhandled and unkempt in the video for cancellation. Something isn't right.

God save Nigeria.

Munch Mee party foods and small chops. 08033833239,08189706279. said...

Lol. Very funny

Ebynwa: Property Investment in the UK, USA and Dubai from $25,000. Call/WhatsApp 07032338308 said...

I must commend your talent sir and I also noticed all your sarcasm. U are indeed 2face too in character so why the shades? If he was truly detained by the DSS, then it's a pity. Besides, I noticed his swollen red eye that lacked sleep and his shallow voice. Tuface u are a hero. Do not mind what people call you. Xoxo

Anonymous said...

When I saw the length of the piece I said I won't read this, I ended up reading from start to finish, spell bound. Say what you will about Abati, the man can write

prettyi said...

And Ruben wat? Shit eater aka any where the money is, he forgot he's pen when he entered govt! One of the many idiots we need to flush out of our country!

Anonymous said...

Mrs B, you had the perfect reply πŸ‘ŒπŸ½

She-who-must-not-be-named said...

Xcuse me! Didn't he think of the pro's and cons of his leading such protest in Nigeria? Nigeria isn't America. Popular politician have been killed for such action. Tuface cannot save Nigeria. Imagine protesting and challenging APC led by Jagaban himself Tinubu. Besides, 2face is on the side of Pdp. Can be tell us why Akpabio spent public funds on him during his wedding. He even got a car from David Mark too. Why wasn't he against the government back then. It's only the brave that lead massive protests in Nigeria. Ask Ken-Saro Wiwa, Fela & Co. Besides he even put the match on a Monday. People could loose their jobs, etc. You don't start what you cannot and.

She-who-must-not-be-named said...

My tots exactly at Becky Divine

She-who-must-not-be-named said...

Good for him. Coward

sisi eko said...

Mmmmmm

Anonymous said...

Haaaaaa!!!!!

Olaide Davies said...

I always enjoy oga Abati 's writing.

Nmasinachi said...

Ruben always delivers a masterpiece. Great read. I laughed at the "belle-forever-face-front-chop-money-money-finish-carry-go" he used in describing some nollywood actors.

Well, nothing. truer has ever been said : Leadership is about courage. A coward can never lead a rebellion. I do not consider Tubaba a coward though, he has lent his voice to the sufferings of the masses, and that is what counts.

Nmasinachi said...

Lol @ MrsB. True words though.

Anonymous said...

Tuface was just released today after his arrest by DSS! Confirmed! Poor guy!

Chickyclassy Mee said...

She who must not be found you are one of the biggest fool on this blog, so if u are having a wedding and u get such gifts as a big musician , a legned u would reject? What has gifts gotten in the past has to do with hardship in Nigeria? Most of u are too dumb that u can't even swe what is happening in Nigeria.

Anonymous said...

And you Becky a faceless keyboard warrior on Stella's blog.Is it too much for you to lead the protest? At least, u are brave now.Odesious person.

Amaka Hundeyin said...

Sarcasm Mrs... That's what it is

Anonymous said...

2face is a COWARD..we don't need people like him to champion our cause cos' they will always chicken out .he shouldn't have started what he couldn't finish ....let him just continue doing music and stop trying to showcase up how passionate he is about the plight of the common man cos' he just can't follow through...We need bold and courageous people to lead the protest not a man who can not stand on his word...

Anonymous said...

Simple. My sentiments EXACTLY

Hadey Halaba said...

Too long ....
Typical of Abati, mentioned anti 3rd term protest, as well as subsidy protest but left out the most noble of all protest... The SAVE NIGERIA GROUP protest that made GEJ the substantive president of Nigeria that he benefited from. Government at that time vehemently opposed the march but the will of the people prevailed and the CABAL shamed.

Protest must have a goal,
Protest must be well planed and the aim not digressed from
Protest must have a respected and articulate leader

Unfortunately, tuface/Tubaba protest has none of the 3 ingredients.

Its (kinda) come and show yur anger against government rally. He never really had the conviction, cos if he did, he wouldn't chicken out.

Toor, Better luck next time. Make a track of this experience and make it danceable.

Thanks

Hadey Halaba said...

Abati ...... God don catch you.

You are one of those that failed Nigeria, covering up for failure of governance when u could honorably opt out and take up yur critic role.

Maybe u could be the one convening this protest now sef who knows but ..... U r chilling Whit ur part of the national cake.

You want to collect award from Apostole Paul .....

Abati the epistle writer

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