With the current situation between Naira Marley and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) dragging longer that predicted and putting the public in the dark as to what the exact situation is, the singer’s management have resulted to releasing a press statement to help the general public of their ignorance.
They wrote; “The current situation with Naira Marley is extremely unfortunate. On May 10th, 2019, Naira Marley was arrested in the early early hours of his birthday.
“We heard there had been complaints and concerns around his
recent comments around cyber crime, Naira did not publicly defend those
who commit fraud, he expressed his view on the situation which was
simply his opinion in which every human being is entitled to.
“Following on from this, he innocently made a playful, reactive
song “am i a yahoo boy?” in response to the growing feed-backs he
received. As an artiste, music is Naira’s avenue of expressing himself,
the son “am i a yahoo boy?” is a rhetorical question, assuming people
would find it humourous as well as be a light-hearted response to those
tackling him online. He is not a yahoo boy!
“Naira Marley is a hardworking artiste who has turned his back on
crime and focuses solely on music. He’s an artiste, father and most
importantly a human being.
“He has been making music for a while but recently became popular
after the success of “Issa Goal,” a song which celebrated Nigeria and
the nation’s contribution in sport.
“Music is his passion, entertainment is his career and the only
way he makes his earnings. Naira Marley does not practice fraud neither
does he facilitate it.
“Naira Marley isn’t just an artiste in the public eye, he is a
human being with rights. At present, his basic human and civic rights
are being violated. The EFCC are yet to find “hard evidence.”
“His reputation is being tainted and he’s been used as the poster
boy for fraud. Cyber-crime is a serious issue in Nigeria and is
something the government is actively tackling, as they should, however,
their efforts to persecute Naira is based on a cheeky song and
questionable items found on a borrowed item isn’t fair.
“Naira Marley was found with an item that does not belong to him. Items retrieved were borrowed so he can upload music, videos and records whilst visiting Nigeria.
“Naira does not believe he is above the law, he made a few
comments that did not sit well with the authorities and they are using
him as a scapegoat to show their strict stance on cyber-crime. Naira has
been in custody for over five days.
“Naira Marley is an artiste that speaks for the street, those who do not have a voice, not only in Nigeria but in the UK also. Although his messages may come across misconstrued, he loves his country, he cares for his people and wants people to feel free and happy when they listen to his music.
“We are all entitled to freedom of speech and to express
ourselves creatively. No one should be penalized for it even when it’s a
controversial topic. The real criminals of Nigeria should be the focus
and not an individual who is bringing positive attention to Nigerian
music and culture internationally.
“Our lawyers are working diligently to prove his innocence and
have him set free. there is a lot of false information circulating
around and we have released this statement to set the records straight.
“However, the EFCC are still investigating. This is a very
sensitive topic and a public case. We ask that the media report
accurately as false claims can harm his reputation and lively hood.
“Thanks to everyone for their continued support, to the Marlians,
Naira is lucky to have you, please continue to show your support for
him. We hope to have this situation resolved and Naira is released soon.
Kind regards, management.”