A Tragedy Reflecting A Nation’s Crisis: The Untimely Passing of Mohbad
Naira Marley & Sam Larry Have Links With The Government – Youth Right Campaign
In a situation echoing the collective voice and challenges of the youth in Nigeria, the unfortunate demise of the rapidly emerging musician, Ilerioluwa Aloba, widely recognized as Mohbad, underscores yet another episode in the series of the Nigerian government’s failures to safeguard its youth. This loss reverberates through the hearts of many as a painful reminder of a tragedy that was utterly preventable.
An Echo of Collective Frustration
The Youth Rights Campaign (YRC) conveyed their consternation and sorrow through a statement, framing Mohbad’s passing as a manifestation of the grim realities present within the lucrative music industry and the consequential neglect by the nation’s structures, with a glaring spotlight on the police institution. The statement signed by Adaramoye Michael Lenin, the National Coordinator, and Francis Nwapa, the National Secretary of YRC, voiced their stance on Thursday, delineating the circumstances surrounding the tragedy and expressing their condemnation of the state’s inability to protect a life in jeopardy.
The narrative of Mohbad’s end is not an isolated one. It paints a broader picture of a populace that continually suffers under the shadow of avoidable deaths, abductions, and assaults. The late artiste, sensing the impending danger, had reached out to the police department, voicing the threats posed by figures like Sam Larry and Naira Marley, along with several other entities within the Marlian record label.
A Police Force in the Shadows
The law enforcement’s inertia and overt disinterest in responding to the alerts of impending harm to Mohbad, even as reports of assaults against him garnered public attention, underscore a criminal neglect and expose the systemic failures of the law enforcement agencies to perform their fundamental duties. This scenario is, unfortunately, a familiar narrative for many Nigerians who have experienced comparable abandonment by the institutions meant to shield them.
While anticipations are focused on the outcomes of ongoing investigations, it is irrefutable that the oppressive and tormenting environment created by the Marlian record label had a significant impact on Mohbad’s mental state and wellbeing, whether or not it directly contributed to his death. Mohbad’s life was a stormy journey through the realms of talent, renown, substances, violence, and mental turmoil.
A Microcosm of Society’s Ills
The multimillion-dollar empire of Nigeria’s music industry, beneath its glossy exterior, mirrors the covert, hierarchical operations pervasive within various facets of Nigerian society, where the powerful prey upon the vulnerable. Mohbad’s ordeal is a reflection of the silent battles fought by countless non-celebrities in different sectors, from business to education and even within religious institutions.
The industry and its dominant figures are alleged to have links to illicit drug cartels and have been seen promoting substance use and violent lifestyles, which have further been evidenced by their interactions with high-profile figures in the government, suggesting a confluence of interests and influences between entertainment and politics. Such alliances hint at the underlying corrupt and criminal elements within the structures of the state, further emphasizing the urgent need for rectification and reform.
A Nation’s Economy in Shambles
The deteriorating economic scenario in Nigeria, a byproduct of prolonged neo-liberal policies, has fostered an environment ripe for criminal endeavors, affecting innocent youths the most. The assignment of controversial figures like Naira Marley as ambassadors by national agencies, despite their suspicious backgrounds, is a blatant example of the paradoxical decisions taken by the entities meant to safeguard societal values.
The demand for a thorough and unbiased investigation into Mohbad’s death is paramount, but skepticism surrounds the capabilities of the police institution to deliver justice, given their past record of indifference. An inclusive investigative panel consisting of youth and civil society organizations, along with other progressive platforms, should be convened to delve into the circumstances surrounding Mohbad’s demise.
Rising Up For Justice
Supporting the protest movements in various states, the YRC calls for amplified actions to ensure justice is served and to combat the menace of cultism permeating our society, a menace that has notably impacted the entertainment sector. A united front of the youth, aligned with organizations like the YRC, is essential to advocate for societal safety, individual rights, quality education, functional healthcare, decent employment, and housing for the majority.
In conclusion, Mohbad’s life and untimely death serve as a mirror reflecting the myriad struggles and challenges faced by the youth in Nigeria, embodying the silent cries and unspoken battles fought every day within a society marked by disparities, neglect, and the fight for survival.