Popular comedian, Koffi Idowu-Nuel, has said blamed depression for the support that rapper Azeez Fashola, better known as Naira Marley, enjoyed when he backed internet fraud on social media.
Koffi further opined that no sane person would have supported the alleged actions of musician, Naira Marley.
The comedian was speaking at a memorial service organized for Reggae legend, Ras Kimono, by the Copyright Society of Nigeria on Monday.
Speaking about the decline in popularity of Reggae music, he said:
“The music being made today is to conquer depression, there’s a difference.”
He said that a lot of people listen to music today just to dance without appreciating the spiritual essence of music.
Continuing his address, he added:
“Within 24 hours of Naira Marley’s arrest, it was as though they (people) were canvassing for Mandela.
“A lot of the youths are so depressed that the only place they find solace is in that activity the boy (Naira Marley) was talking about.”
Koffi said that youths depicted Marley as a sort of champion.
“If society was sane, no sane person would support what that boy (Naira Marley) was saying.”
Naira is still in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission despite being granted bail by a Lagos High Court on May 31.
The rapper had been arrested for supporting internet fraudsters, popularly called yahoo boys, via his social media posts and in a song titled: Am I A Yahoo Boy.
The rapper featured fellow musician Zlatan Ibile in that single.