By Ella Makondo
Broadcasters under the aegis of Freelance and Independent Broadcasters Association of Nigeria ( FIBAN) have appealed to the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, to immediately strip popular Fuji Musician, Wasiu Ayinde of the title bestowed on him for allegedly brutalising an Ogun State – based broadcaster , Woke Sorunke.
The Fuji Star who holds the title of ‘Mayegun of Yorubaland’ and his boys allegedly brutalised Sorunke aka MC Murphy, a popular radio presenter and event anchor on Thursday night at the 60th birthday party of the Olu of Itori, Oba Abdulfatai Akamo, in the Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State.
At a press conference in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Friday, the President of FIBAN, Desmond Nwachukwu, described the incident as a harassment and humiliation of the highest order, calling on the Alaafin to strip him of his title.
“We would like to tell His Majesty that we are all humans and we can make mistakes. This is a grave mistake he has made because, as far as we are concerned, the holder of the ‘Mayegun of Yorubaland’ title must be a man that commands respect and carries himself pretty well, understanding that the image of His Majesty and the entire Yoruba race is what he goes about with.
“We would like to tell His Majesty that it is not too late to strip him of that title. We have to understand that this is Yorubaland and this is where culture and tradition are held with a lot of candour.
“And I say without any reservation that the conduct of Wasiu Ayinde Marshal at the 60th birthday of the Olu Itori is the least expected. He does not merit the title by that conduct. It is not just a slap in the face to broadcasters in Nigeria and across the world; it is indeed a slap in the face to the Yoruba,” he said.