Recently released track by Davido titled ‘Fem’ has been adopted by protesting youths in Nigerian over police brutality. They feel heartened, ululating the lyrics as their protest anthem, demanding attention from the Buhari’s government to drive sense into armed police officers to do the needy, (of protecting lives and properties) instead of becoming perpetrators or a death squad.
Youths have been protesting for over a week now against police brutality in Nigeria through the SARS or the Special Anti-Robbery Squad. And using the trendy hit, the youths see adopting Davido’s latest single as their anthem because it is just on the lips of many a youth in the streets.
Even Davido himself has agreed that FEM (which is a slang against chatterbox or idle talking), is now the anthem for the ongoing ‘EndSARS’ protests that have taken over the country and the world.
Yesterday, the singer replied to a fan who tweeted that the single is now the “biggest song in the country; and the Youths’ anthem.”
“Our anthem,” Davido agreed.
Protests in Nigeria continue as the youth call upon President Muhammadu Buhari and his government to bring an end to all forms of police brutality in the West African country. While the Nigeria government has reportedly disbanded SARS following the massive protests, its replacement with the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), ,has left Nigerians skeptical over the government’s sincerity. Their suspicious claim is that SARS has simply been “rebranded,” something they say is no new phenomenon and thus Nigerians have picked up ‘EndSWAT’ call as well as part of efforts to acquire real change.
Amid the ongoing protests, which were sparked by the recent death of a civilian man at the hands of SARS officers, Nigerian youths have found numerous ways to keep their spirits going as each day of fierce protest goes by. And one such has been adopting the Nigerian superstar’s latest single. Numerous videos have emerged on social media showing protesting Nigerians dancing and singing to the infectious and upbeat number. “They are certainly going to make your day––they’ve made ours!
Davido himself, along with several other Nigerian artists including Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Don Jazzy, Lady Donli and Burna Boy have all shown their support for the protests both on and offline. Davido even managed to secure a closed-door meeting with the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to which a number of Nigerians showed contention, expressing their disapproval over the artist’s attempt, saying ‘he should not speak’ on their behalf.