Government’s threat to punish musician Tekno for being a “threat to national security” following his viral semi-nude video has attracted several criticisms from industry players and music enthusiasts with the newest being singer and producer, Solomon Oyeniyi, aka K-Solo.
He asserts in an interview with Sunday Scoop that “Nudity is not a crime. In some countries, people strip for a living and they make money from it. There are some particular clubs in Nigeria that some politicians troop to for lap dances from strippers. It is sad that most of them are now putting up holier-than-thou attitude. That is why we need a functional body to regulate our airwaves. If we fix our regulatory bodies, we won’t be complaining about sexual content on the airwaves.”
Tekno is under investigation after a clip of him dancing with semi-naked women in a glass-sided truck surfaced last week. He subsequently released a music video with footage of him with pole-dancers in a truck.
In a statement on Sunday, Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture, Segun Runsewe, called Tekno a “threat to national security” for releasing an “offensive” music video and said the star would be made a scapegoat to serve as a warning to others.
But K-Solo says if indeed Tekno has flouted the constitution of the country, the law should take its course but the powers that be should not forget politicians who have done worse things.
“I don’t have a problem with the government punishing Tekno, as nobody is above the law,” he says. “My take is that if they want to punish him, they should, but they don’t need to hype it in the news.”
K-Solo also expressed fury over claims Tekno is a threat to national security.
He said: “Does what he did warrant him being threatened to be made a scapegoat of? There are troubling issues the government needs to address. Most of the laws in our constitution are borrowed. If Tekno had shot that video on the streets of Texas (USA), I’m sure you wouldn’t see it in the news. You won’t see the government stoop so low to talk about someone who is trying to shoot a music video. It is the height of joblessness.
“They want to punish and make him a scapegoat because he shot a video with semi-nude girls on the street? They should go and rest. We are trying to build Lagos into a tourist centre (for crying out loud). If Tekno gets punished, then every Nigerian politician should be punished for whatever crimes they commit.”