Afrobeat singer, Dede, storms out of radio interview after clash with Femi Adesina

Adesina and Dede

Nigerian Afrobeat singer, Dede Mabiaku, on Monday stormed out of a live radio interview after he falsely accused presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, of having asked him to “shut up.”

A female presenter on Lagos Talks 93.1 FM had asked questions about Buhari administration’s policies as well as about an upcoming nationwide protest being championed by entertainer, Innocent ‘TuFace’ Idiabia.

About 40 minutes into the interview, which took place at the station’s studio in Ikoyi, Lagos, Mr. Adesina said Nigerians gearing up for the protest, slated for February 5 across the country, were those still disgruntled by the outcome of the 2015 elections.

The protesters are still “living and romanticising in the immediate past”, Mr. Adesina said.

Mr. Mabiaku then interjected: “Haba! Femi, Rora!.” Translated literally from Yoruba: “Haba! Femi, take it easy!.”

Mr. Adesina then asked him to “keep quiet and let me talk.”

Mr. Mabiaku initially yielded to Mr. Adesina’s response for a few minutes while the presidential spokesman sued for more patience from Nigerians.

President Buhari has a mandate that should last “48 months”, but he has not even spent half of it, Mr. Adesina said.

The interviewer then turned to Mr. Mabiaku and asked him to respond to Mr. Adesina’s explanation.

“Why do you want to hear me when he had the audacity to tell me to shut up?” a visibly-irritated Mr. Mabiaku said.

He then stood up and unplugged the studio headset and reached for the door knob. All efforts to calm him down by the host failed.

When PREMIUM TIMES sought Mr. Adesina’s comment on the incident, he said he did not ask Mr. Mabiaku to shut up as alleged by the musician.

“Please go and see the video very well and get back to me,” he said.

A video shows the presidential spokesperson did not ask Mr. Mabiaku to shut up. He asked him to “keep quiet” for him to talk.

Mr. Idibia himself has been enduring regular attacks from supporters of the Buhari administration who questioned his moral authority to lead such a major protest, including allegations that he is getting financial backing from opposition party politicians.

But he denied the allegations and said he remained undaunted by them, promising his supporters that the march would go on as planned.

Editor’s Note: This post has been updated to reflect the exact words used by Mr. Adesina.


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  • tony H

    I watched the video and did not hear “shut up”. I heard “be quiet”..

    • Kas

      So what is the difference between “Be Quite” and “Shut Up”?

      • wazobia monk !!!!!!

        google both and lets know from your search ……..

        • Uzoma

          No need to google anything; they mean the same. Which does not necessarily mean anyone was being insulted.

          • emmanuel

            Aminu they both back orders at someone who is a nuisance.

      • tony H

        I am glad you asked. Lemme help you, one is “be quiet”, THE OTHER IS “shut up”. Did you get it? If not, please ask me again.

  • Rommel

    And how is shut up and insult? I have repeatedly said that the fact that Nigerians are able to communicate in English language does not automatically translate to understanding English language,what most people from our part of the world do is to simultaneously transliterate vernacular into English while speaking for clearer understanding which means that what Dede heard was actually the yoruba equivalent of ‘shut up’ which is usually considered rude even though it was spoken in English.

    • wazobia monk !!!!!!

      field marshal ….. u talk am well well …….. translate for those that do not understand ……..

    • emmanuel

      You are a goat. A shut up to your foolani tribesman is equivalent to him drawing his dagger for a fight. Nigeria will crumble on yBuhari, El-Rufai and your head. That is when you would know that Shut up is a command to a lesser mortal or child

      • Mufu Ola

        You seem to have lost control totally with your obsession & you call yourself “management expert”!

  • Mufu Ola

    It’s bad manners to interrupt people talking. Dede must know this.That programme was not his stage show, so he can’t be rude & expect to be pampered bcos he’s a musician.

  • oyoko

    On that day; Police, tear gas anybody around that venue. You have my support on this one.

    • Damilola

      If una like make una use pepper spray. You kno hw much was PMS when we all gathered Jan 2012 to protest shey? I guess u’re still in dis country and av not been riding on bicycle. Even at 145 dea is every possibility it increases in weeks time according to reports. Kerosene and gas is solely for d rich nw. D rest av resulted to charcoal and oda possible alternatives. While u av alternative to kerosene and gas, keeping pple at bay, u av to provide alternative for PMS to avoid anoda match after dt of Feb 5. My advice for u is to start writing ur pple in the whole military and not just police to prepare for mass murder of protesters; “dea regular trademark”.

  • Damilola

    Looooolz…. Editor, keep quite and shut up, what do both mean plz? Have ur seat and sit down must have meant diff tis den. But d fact still remains dt Mr. Dede shud av endured d “insult” just to deliver his message. His ego is too high I guess. What does he expect from a frustrated spokesman dt has to defend a brainless boss and his inept administration every single day of his life for 21 months counting. He shud av put himself in Mr. femi’s shoes. Working away wud not deliver d message.

  • emmanuel

    1. What is the difference between shut up and keep quiet?
    2. All Nigerians are in financial mess, including Dangote, Otedola, Obasanjo to the least person out there. They do not have electricity, cannot make plan based on prices obtained in the morning for evening shopping.
    If all i mentioned above are disgrunteled elements, then Nigeria is in disgruntled mood, which Adeshina the satanic Pastor should explain.
    Fake Pastor, fake prophet, working for his belly. The Bible recognised the likes of Adeshina even in the time of Prophet Jeremiah 29.
    All Nigerians without exception have accepted our alias – Wailing wailers without qualms. Infact, it is the most acceptable apellation in Nigeria today. Thanks to those of us who accepted it when it was not popular!

  • emmanuel

    Back to the issue on ground
    If you want change, join the protest, if you want electricity join the protest, if you want $1 = N1 join. if your business is dying or dead join, if your farm; relatives, friends farm is destroyed join, if the right to self defense if impugn join, if your relatives have been killed by herdsmen join, if your freedom of worship is infringe on join
    If you run business encourage your staff to.
    We want change and change we shall have