“Since I was born a Nigerian growing up, I have always known that propaganda is the issue and they just share the money up and down. This Lagos-Ibadan expressway has been there for fifteen years by the former Minister of Works, Baba Tony Anenih and they didn’t do anything .Goodluck is doing that road. That is the Federal government road, He is working on it. Our airport has been reformed. Thirdly our agricultural sector, farmers don’t get their fertilizer directly but today they get their fertilizer, fertilizer is now a big business. So it is important we say all these things because most people don’t know. We all know that the insecurity is propaganda. ” he said. Continue…
Asked if his new crusade for GEJ is because he hopes to get something out of it, Eedris replied;
“I was was the first person that came out in the rally when Pres. Goodluck Jonathan increased the fuel price at Ojota. I have never seen Goodluck before but what I know is going on with that guy is a big propaganda and they should leave him alone let him work. When I sang jagajaga, did anybody pay me? If opposition paid me, by now I go don get plenty billions. So its simple, the facts must be told. When I sang Nigeria jagajaga, it was 12 years ago and this is 12 years later, so why is everybody blaming the poor guy? because he is from Niger Delta or because the presidency has left the north?” he said.
Eedris also criticized Nigerian artistes who pay international acts to feature in their songs. He said it’s unacceptable and only happens because the Nigerian music industry is not regulated.
“The music industry is not regulated, it is an individual effort. People like Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Mr John Momoh and Kenny Ogungbe have sacrificed their personal money to take the music industry to this level. The music industry is not regulated. It is an individual effort. So it is important that the music industry be regulated so that our artiste would be paid their royalties, mechanical rights and all that. Don’t forget, everybody that plays their songs don’t pay them royalty. Some of them even go to the stations to pay people to play their music. International acts want to come because they know that their is money in Nigeria and we are not doing one thing right, we are not treating our artistes with respect and love. Why would you bring someone from America and you would pay the person $1.5m and you pay your own artiste here N10million and your artiste would be on stage for the next one hour and the person you brought from America would perform only 10minutes and he would leave. Why?
Because their industry is regulated out there and they get their mechanical rights. For example, do you know some of our artistes travel out there and they get to pay these international artistes money to feature in their album? Its not done. Americans don’t do that. They come together and do a duet and they leave the rest for the management to bring in the money on the table but our own people would take their own money to go do that. Its crazy! So it is an individual effort. Artiste in Nigeria are not united” he said