Arrested on the early hours of his Birthday. We had heard there has been complaints and concerns around his recent comments around cybercrime. Naira did not publicly defend those who commit fraud, he expressed his view on the situation which was simply his opinion in which every human being is entitled to. Following on from this he innocently made a playful, reactive song ‘Am I A Yahoo Boy’ in response to the varied feedback he received. As an artist, music is Naira’s avenue of expressing himself, the song ‘AmI A Yahoo Boy’ is a rhetorical question, assuming people would find it humorous as well as being a light-hearted response to those tacling him online. He is not a ‘Yahoo Boy’!
Naira Marley is a hard-working artist who has turned his back on crime and focusses solely on his music. He is an artist, father and most importantly a human being. He has been making music for a while but recently became very popular after the success of ‘Issa Goal’ a song in which celebrated Nigeria and the nation’s contribution in sport. Music is his passion, entertainment is his career and the only way he makes his earnings. Naira Marley does not practice fraud, neither does he facilitate it. Naira Marley isn’t just an artist in the public eye, he is a human being with rights. At present, he basic human and civil rights are being violated. The EFCC are yet to find ‘hard evidence’ against him. His reputation is being tainted and he’s being used as the poster boy for fraud. Cybercrime is a serious issue in Nigeria and something the government is actively tackling, as they should, however, their efforts to prosecute Naira is based on a cheeky song and questionable items found on a borrowed item isn’t fair.
Naira Marley was found with an item that does not belong to him. Items retrieved were borrowed so he can upload music, video’s and record whilst visiting Nigeria. Naira does not believe he is above the law, he made a few comments that didn’t sit well with the authorities and they are using him as a scapegoat to show their strict stance on cybercrime. Naira has been in custody for over five days. Naira Marley is an artist that speaks for the streets, those who do not have a voice, not only in Nigeria but the UK also. Although his messages may come across misconstrued, he loves his country, he cares for his people and wants people to feel free and happy when the listen to his music. We are all entitled to freedom of speech and to express ourselves creatively. No one should be penalised for it even when it’s a controversial topic. The real criminals of Nigeria are should be the focus not an individual who is bringing positive attention to Nigerian music and culture internationally.
Our lawyers are working diligently to come to prove his innocence and have him set free. There is a lot of false information circulating around and we have relasese this statement to set the record straight. However, the EFCC are still investigating. This is a very sensitive topic and a public case. We ask that the media report wisely and accusrately as false clims can harm his reputation and livelihood.
Thanks to everyone for thei continued support, to the Marlian’s, Naira is lucky to have you, please continue to show your support for him. We hope to have this situation resolved and Naira is released.