Veteran singer Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy, has taken a swipe at the Oba of Benin for his recent declaration regarding the presidential aspirations of Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The Oba of Benin, who visited Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu over the weekend, was quoted as saying, “God has ordained that Tinubu would become President of Nigeria.”
Expressing his dissatisfaction with the monarch’s statement, Charly Boy took to his Instagram page to air his views. In a post, he questioned the Oba’s decision to leave his palace and travel to Lagos, stating, “See Oba wey no suppose leave him Palace travel come Lagos.”
Charly Boy further criticised the monarch’s assertion that God had ordained Tinubu’s presidency, calling it “nonsense talk” and raising concerns about the political manipulation of traditional institutions.
In his Instagram post, Charly Boy wrote, “Which kain nonsense talk Oba of Benin dey yarn? God ordain Tinubu as Nigerian President? Come ooo, who dey sponsor the Oba, dis one leave him palace to come yarn nonsense for Lagos, e get why.”
The “Area Fada” went on to caution against allowing traditional institutions to be used as pawns in political games, emphasizing the need for vigilance to prevent the erosion of cultural values.
Charly Boy accused the All-Progressives Congress (APC) of tampering with the Oba’s sense, urging Nigerians to be discerning and attentive to potential attempts to turn traditional institutions into political tools. He concluded his post with a stern warning, stating, “Make we shine our eye well-well before dem turn our tradition into political playground. Na serious matter I dey talk! Nonsense everywhere. Dia fathers.”
As reactions continue to pour in, this unexpected critique from Charly Boy adds a new dimension to the ongoing discussions surrounding Nigeria’s political landscape and the role of traditional leaders in endorsing political figures.