The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) has responded to the viral video showing its members making fun of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential flagbearer.
Over the weekend, a video of Confraternity members dancing in a procession while singing the following lyrics appeared online.
“Hand dey shake, leg dey shake, Baba wey no well, e de shout emi lo kan (Hands are shaking, legs are shaking. A sick old man is shouting ‘it’s my turn’).
After Tinubu used the slang phrase "emi lo kan" in a speech in June, when he stated that he wanted to succeed President Buhari because it was his turn, the confraternity was accused of mocking the presidential candidate in the video.
One of the confraternity's founding members, Professor Wole Soyinka, also denounced the video and called the lyrics "distasteful and "
Abiola Owoaje, the NAS Capoon, has since issued a statement titled "Setting the Records Straight" in response to the contentious video.
He claimed that although the video was not political and was shot during the procession that ended its 46th Annual General Meeting, some persons have since utilized it for political purposes.
He stated that the confraternity is apolitical and will not endorse any candidates in the upcoming general election in 2023 or any subsequent elections.
The statement reads in part, “We must stress that we are apolitical. As an organisation, we have never had a preferred candidate in any political elections, including the upcoming 2023 general elections. We have members who belong to different political parties and are absolutely free to support any candidate of their choice.
"It is most unfortunate that political capital is being made of this with interpretations that are totally at variance with the philosophy of the Pyrates Confraternity. Unequivocally, we condemn this in very strong terms.
"We understand that political merchants desperately seeking media mileage are all over the place misinforming and twisting events to suit their political agenda. However, we wish to re-emphasise that the National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) are not supporting or backing any candidate for the office of the President or any other office in the 2023 general elections and beyond.
"As an organisation in tune with disadvantaged and voiceless people, we are committed to the enthronement of a just society in which no one is discriminated against based on tribe, religion, gender or disability. We are against conventions that are moribund. We have always stood for Humanistic ideals, comradeship and chivalry. Nothing that has happened can and will change that posture.
We are determined to continue to use our social programmes, intellectual platforms and our compelling songs to advocate for good governance and accountability!”©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.