Popular Nigerian musicians, Don Jazzy, and Tiwa Savage, were invited by the Department of State Serviced for questioning over alleged political utterances against the administration of President Muhamamdu Buhari.
Recently, following a sharp rise in cases of Gender-based violence across Nigeria, especially against women, Tiwa Savage began a movement known as “WeAreTired” in protest of the situation.
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Through the movement, the musician called on Buhari’s administration to take action to stem the tide of rape in the country.
This, movement, in addition to several posts on social media calling on the government to live up to its responsibilities to Nigerians, was the reason Tiwa Savage was invited by the DSS.
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Together with Don Jazzy, whose real name is Michael Ajereh, Savage was invited to the DSS office in Lagos two weeks ago. Both musicians were reportedly warned to be careful with their posts on the social media.
Shortly after that episode, the two celebrities were summoned by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, who shared progress reports on efforts the police force was making to tackle rape and other problems in the state and country. Two other popular musicians, Yemi Alade and Waje were also invited. Muazu then warned the musicians to steer clear of political comments in order not to incur the wrath of the President Buhari administration.
However, a member of Tiwa Savage’s management team, stated that the celebrated female musician will not stop speaking for Nigerians regardless of threats from the governnent.
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Nonetheless, it appears that Don Jazzy and Tiwa Savage have both toned down their social media posts in recent days after the meeting with the DSS and police in Lagos.
For instance, Tiwa has discontinued her hashtag after the meeting with the DSS, and Don Jazzy has not posted on Twitter recently, despite being popular for his frequent posts.
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