APC Youth Renaissance, a group under the political party, All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed their annoyance over comments popular Nigerian singer Peter Okoye of PSquare made concerning a Federal Government impending policy.
The FG had earlier intimated the public on plans to ban entertainers from shooting music videos and movies outside the shores of Nigeria, a revelation that has caused a few celebrities to speak out.
One of such celebrities was Peter Okoye who took to Twitter to rant about the idea where he stated that he was ashamed to be a Nigerian and would begin looking into a new nationality.
In response the Renaissance group has called out Peter Okoye in a statement released by the group’s national secretary, Collins Edwin reminding the entertainer that it was a similar government policy that made PSquare popular in the first place.
“We read the scurrilous remarks credited to Mr Peter Okoye of the Psquare group against the Federal Government’s job-saving policy in the entertainment industry with great anger and vexation.”
“Least of all persons to make scathing remark against the government is the Psquare group which the local content policy of the Federal Government dusted-up from the valley of obscurity. Where was Peter Okoye or Psquare brand in 1999 when foreign music dominated our airwaves?”
“If not for the government policy which mandated all broadcast stations in Nigeria to pay attention to Nigerian music by playing 95 percent of Nigerian songs every day, would Peter Okoye or Psquare be known to anybody in Nigeria today? Or would they have competed with better American music which dominated our airwaves then?”
“After the government have used its policy to brush them up from nothing to something; instead of giving opportunity to other people, they are taking Nigerian jobs to foreign countries through the shooting of music videos abroad. Now that government have intervened to raise great and better entertainers again, Peter Okoye has the gut to insult the entire Federal Government by calling our great leaders ‘Ndi Ala’ which means mad and stupid people.”
“How dare you say that Psquare? We, therefore, urge the security agencies in the country to arrest Mr Peter Okoye for disrespecting our government and bringing it to a disrepute. If you cannot produce in Nigeria and hire Nigerians, then leave the industry. We must export Nigerian culture to the outside world through our music and videos”