Fela Died Of Poison From Nigerian Government, Not AIDS - Dede Mabiaku

Sani Abacha (L) 

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By Wale Adedayo

Dede Mabiaku, a close friend of the late Nigerian Afrobeat musician, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, has stated that the Afrobeats icon died from a lethal injection by the Nigerian Government, and not from HIV/AIDS as had been previously speculated.

Mabiaku said Fela had told him and his (Fela’s) youngest son, Seun Kuti, about his suspicions that he had been injected with “something” while in the custody of the National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency, during the draconian reign of the then military dictator, General Sani Abacha.

Mabiaku, a protégée of the late musician, says he is concerned that history might repeat itself with the continued detention of Fela’s son, Seun Kuti, by the Buhari administration. 

He stated, “they injected him (Fela) while he was in their custody, and why no one has raised this matter since then is surprising to me.

“Fela never knew what they injected him with. He just felt something and asked us whether we’ve seen him sleep face-down before and we said no. And he asked us how come it happened, showing us his side and saying he feels like he was injected with something.

“We need to be real with ourselves and ask questions when things don’t seem right. The Nigerian government is an oppressive one. So many people have died mysteriously while or after having being in custody of this wicked government. We must never forget and keep fighting.”