Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana, singer, actor and activist, said he would not back down on the struggle to bring about police reforms, justice, fairness and end corruption in Nigeria even in the face of death.
Falze made this known in an interview he granted CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on the heels of President Muhammadu Buhari’s address to the nation on the raging EndSARS protest, which assumed violence dimension courtesy hoodlums, who are torching and looting government properties and private business premises.
The singer, who is cut from the same cloth with his father, Femi Falana (SAN) was critical of Buhari’s speech and when asked what he made of it by Amanpour, he expressed his readiness to lay down his life to achieve the demands of the protesting youths.
“It’s infuriating, annoying and frustrating. And I think that’s how everyone is feeling right now. They have been reforming the police for a long time and we have never seen actual action. They announced that SARS had been disbanded in 2017, 2018, 2019 and now 2020. “They just think we are stupid. It is insensitive. I am not afraid of dying,” he said.
The singer added that death in Nigeria is a dime a dozen saying, “I am not afraid for my life because where we are right now, I feel like I can easily die by anything else anyway.
“We have a non-existent healthcare system, for example. We have a seriously high level of poverty; there is unemployment. “We are in a critical state because of the level of corruption and mismanagement of funds that we continue to see on a daily basis.
“I can have an accident on my way to work and die because the state of healthcare is nothing to write home about. People have to travel abroad to have proper healthcare. “We keep on saying that every single Nigerian is one sickness away from passing away. “So what kind of life am I living any way? Why should I be afraid of dying? I am going to die anyway, so what is the point?”