Eedris Abdulkareem: Jaja Jaja Master Cooks A Reloaded Version, Will Nigeria President Bite?

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  • "jaja jaja reloaded" to be released on 20th April.

Eedris Abdulkareem, a popular Nigerian singer has postponed the release of his new song, "Jaja Jaja Reloaded".

The singer scheduled to release the single which features Nigga Raw Nwanne and Madarocker today, 30th of March, but according to the Record company, Lakreem, the new date is now 20th April, 2021.

The delay is said to be due to some "technical issues associated with the visual aspect" but Eedris assured his fans to be patient as the single is almost set for the unveiling.

Eedris Abdulkareem, Nigga Raw Nwanne and Madarocker
Eedris Abdulkareem, Nigga Raw Nwanne and Madarocker

Mr Abdulkareem released the song Jaja Jaja in 2004, during the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The song talks about the decay of Nigeria and how the poor are suffering while the rich get richer. The song was a heavy blow on the then administration and it didn't hold back in condemning it.

The songs resonated with Nigerians who were feeling lost in a country where nothing worked and politicians made empty promises.

The lyrics “Nigeria jagajaga Everything scatter scatter Poor man dey suffer suffer Gbosa, gbosa, gun shot inna di air” was a complete representation of how the people lived in fear and heightened insecurity in the country in Nigeria where only the rich can afford private and government security personnel.

The song became a house hold song, it played at every corner of the country, then became an international hit, exposing the rots, corruption, the mindset of Nigerians.

The song brought about bad blood between Obasanjo's administration and the singer. The government banned the song from being played on radio stations and Nigerians would go ahead and played it even more to express their support.

Eight years after the song, bittered Obasanjo took a swipe at Abdulkareem while speaking at a forum organized by Nigeria leadership Initiative (NLI).

“One of the worst problems Nigeria is facing is disbelief. Nigerians no longer believe in themselves neither do they believe in their country. That takes me back to that song ‘jaga jaga’, how could a sane man dare to call his country jagajaga? It is the height of blasphemy. We are grooming our youths for tomorrow’s leadership and with such persons I don’t think the country can move forward.”

The controversial singer reacted via his Twitter handle, calling Obasanjo a "Hoko Haram member" and a "mugu" - a local word for a fool.

On his twitter page, Abdulkareem said "It’s obvious that Obasanjo can’t do without me. I’m his joy therapy. Mr ex-president, Nigeria still dey jagajaga. In fact worst pass jagajaga.President Obasanjo if you truly love Goodluck as you claimed, why don’t you talk to your fellow Boko Haram members to let Goodluck rule in peace. Mr ex-president, I heard you were talking about me in your last interview, hahahahahhahah. It’s obvious you can’t do without me. You are my mugu…”

17 years after the song was released, Nigeria is still at the precipes, insecurity has worsened under the President Muhammadu Buhari's administration. Boko Haram and ISWAP dominate the north, while the dreaded Fulani herdsmen follow their foot step.

in 2020, Nigeria, a third world country in Africa is now the poverty capital of the world surpassing India as the largest rate of people living in extreme poverty.

According to the report, 86.9 million people live in severe poverty which is half of the entire population.

This is why in 2020, Eedris reminded Nigerians that he has been vindicated during his appearance on Channels Television.

Eedris said “In 2002 I dropped Nigeria Jaga Jaga, and the ex-president came on the National TV and said that boy wey sing that song, na him papa and him family jaga jaga. I was very happy that my message got to the president. I was very happy that the president talked back at me because that means they were listening and today I’ve been vindicated again because Nigeria is still jaga jaga.”

If released in April as scheduled, "Nigeria Jaja Jaja reloaded" might be what Nigerians need at the current time where the unemployment rate is on the rise, the news of abductions is on a daily basis, schools on regular strike, bad road, bad medical facility as President Buhari jets to London for a check-up.

Will the song create another buzz?

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