General News | 19 May 2023 15:20 CET

"Seun Kuti Is Suffering From PTSD": Reno Omokri Justifies Seun's Recalcitrance

By Agboola Ibrahim

Reno Omokri a politician, an activist and a pastor, has spoken in regards of the arrest of Seun Kuti, the son of the originator of afrobeat. In a subtle justification he ascribed Seun's behavior to the police as a challenge from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD.

In a recent post on Twitter, Reno Omokri shared a long note of appeal directed to the inspector General on behalf of Seun Kuti.

Recall that The Nigerian Voice reported the story of how Seun Kuti publicly assaulted a lagos state Police officer over his claim that he threatened him and his family.

Following his public recalcitrance to the police, he has since been in police custody even though a magistrate court in Lagos granted him bail hours after his arrest.

In a post via Twitter, Reno Omokri condemned Seun’s act, however, justifying it with PTSD due to childhood of the singer.

Omokri on PSTD claims
“What Seun did was wrong. And I condemn it. But Seun has a history with the police and the military that has scarred him for life. They beat his Septuagenarian grandmother and threw her from the first floor to the ground. She died from the injuries sustained.

His father carried her coffin to Dodan barracks in tears! Till today, NOBODY was punished for the crime against Olufunmilayo Kuti. They beat his father to an inch of his life.

Multiple times. They burnt down their residence, with multiple vets and other property. They were never paid compensation. The police raided the shrine episodically, right from when Seun was a baby to his adulthood.

And even in this incident involving the slap, there was provocation from the policeman. I am not saying that the provocation justified the slap. My motive is just to put things in context.

What he did was condemnable. It is unacceptable. But when you look at his personal history, there are mitigating circumstances. And I beg the Inspector General of Police to take Seun’s Post Traumatic Stress Disorder into account. Because even Buhari’s wife, Aisha, admitted that her husband also suffers from PTSD due to his experience with the Nigerian state apparatus.

The police is as institutionally to blame for what happened to that policeman as Seun. Let us do story here and not just justice.”

Other sites The Nigerian Voice