‘Criminals Have Hijacked Naija,’ 2Baba Idibia Laments

 

Veteran Nigerian musician Innocent Idibia popularly known by his stage name, 2Baba has lamented over the Nigerian system.

In a tweet on his official handle @official2baba, the Nigerian entertainer who is known to be vocal against ills and wrongs in the Nigerian society condemned the Nigerian system which he refers to as a ‘total joke.’

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“Naija system is a total joke. Criminals have hijacked naija. Men and women that have dedicated their time 2 make sure that naija will carry last.. No shame. No dignity. No honor. I pray the young men that have entered the system will do their best to influence positive change,” he tweeted.

In 2017, 2baba organised a nationwide protest against the Nigerian government to draw attention to the situation in the country. He, however, released a video less than 48-hours to the planned protest.

In the video, he announced that he is backing out of the protest claiming that his decision to cancel the protest was based on security fears that hoodlums might hijack the planned protest.

Tubaba Celebrates His Birthday With Big Brother Housemates

Music legend, Innocent Idibia, popularly known as Tubaba paid a surprise visit to the housemates of the season four Big Brother Naija ‘Pepper Dem’.

Tubaba also celebrated his birthday with the housemates in a fun-filled party alongside Larry Gaaga and Efe Omoregbe.

Big Brother Housemates chorused a happy birthday song for the ‘African Queen’ crooner, and then the birthday cake cutting.

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Beautiful renditions from artists including Kholi and Okiemute added colour to the party which was celebrated at the arena.

Larry Gaaga and Tubaba also grooved to their songs.

Big brother housemates, before the party, asked Tubaba questions about music the industry and tips on celebrity lifestyle.

“Keep your head straight. Respect people, respect your craft. Develop yourself,” Tubaba told the housemates.

 

US Ambassador, 2Baba Urge Youths To Shun Vote Buying

 

The US Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, along with musician, Innocent Idibia, popularly known as 2Baba have called on youths to be actively involved in the conduct of the 2019 elections.

Beyond that, they asked the youths to shun vote buying during the elections and avoid selling their future to leaders who had false agendas for the nation.

They made the call on Wednesday during a gathering of youth organizations at the 2019 General Elections National Peace Conference in Abuja.

2Baba said, “Before the elections, you must constructively participate in the electoral process.

“Say no to politicians who offer you money to perpetuate violence or sell your votes.

“When two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. Every young person has a bright future ahead of them and should not allow anyone take that away from them in the name of politics or elections.

“Do not sell your votes. Selling your votes is selling your future”.

COSON Crisis: Tu Baba Asks Nigeria Copyright Commission For Help

Multiple Award-winning singer, Innocent Idibia popularly known as Tu Baba has called on the Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC) to urgently enforce its position in the lingering crisis rocking Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON).

The music star, in the petition, which is addressed to the Director General of NCC, Alam Ezekude, copied the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and President Muhammadu Buhari, calling for help.

He explained that some members of the COSON’s board who are seeking accountability and transparency are allegedly being harassed and intimidated by police force.

“It is quite unfortunate and disheartening that a simple call for accountability and transparency has degenerated into relentless media attack, harassment and intimidation of the group of people who made the call.

“The personal interest of a few should not supersede the collective interest of generality of members and overall well being of the society.

“I will like to implore you to use your good office to engage the Inspector General of Police with a view to setting the records straight and reversing the embarrassing and dangerous scenario where Mr Efe Omorogbe and Mr Joel Ajayi, chairman and members of the commission-recognised board acting well under the directive of the regulator, are now being harassed, intimidated, demonised and prosecuted by a sister government agency – The Nigerian Police Force,” Tubaba’s petitioned read in part.

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He commended the commission for its position on the lingering crisis at COSON but said he wishes to, through the petition, lend his voice to growing call for further action to ensure total compliance to the commission’s directives by all parties.

“COSON is formed and built by the collective efforts of like-minded industry stalwarts, and it will be a shame to see all of the hard work that has gone into building the society, go down the drain.

“Our CMO is under siege and our commonwealth is threatened by Chief Tony Okoroji and his agents who for personal ends, continue to demonstrate deep contempt for regulation and the call for accountability,” Tuface said in the petition.

The Music legend said Nigeria is a nation of laws and the music industry stakeholders and regular citizens have only the government to turn to for protection at perilous.

I Didn’t Stop The Protest I Only Stopped The Physical Convergence- Tu Face

I Didn’t Stop The Protest I Only Stopped The Physical Convergence- Tu FacePopular Musician, Innocent Idibia, a.k.a Tu-Face, has explained why he is not physically present in the protests taking place in Abuja and Lagos state.

In a phone interview with Channels Television on Monday, he insisted that he was still in support of the rally but had only backed out for security reasons.

“I don’t have the sole franchise to protest so I’m still in support of them, I think its within their rights.

“I can’t tell anybody not to stand for what they believe in. For me, there were a whole lot of things I put into consideration. I noticed a whole lot of people were trying to hijack the process.

“I only decided to back out of the physical protest due to security reasons but it’s not as if I’m not still standing by the things I said or the things I believe about governance in Nigeria for a long time now.

“I want to make it clear, I was not arrested by the DSS, I am free, I am good, nobody intimidated me, nobody harassed me, nobody paid me to start it in the first place and nobody paid me to stop it.

“I didn’t stop the protest I only stopped the physical convergence”.

The singer had started a movement “One Voice Nigeria”, and had planned to embark on the protest over what was termed “obnoxious policies” of the Federal Government, come February 6, 2017.

As at Sunday, he had denounced plans to go ahead with the protest after intense pressure was mounted on the group from the police as a result of security threats.

Police Ask Tuface Idibia, Opposing Group To Cancel Protests

Force PRO, Jimoh MoshoodThe Police have advised Nigerian pop star, Tuface Idibia and other opposing groups to suspend their planned protests scheduled for February 5 and 6, 2017, in Lagos and other states.

In a statement on Friday by the Force PRO, Jimoh Moshood, the Police said it is in possession of credible intelligence reports that other interest groups were planning to hold a counter protest on the same days at the same places as the Tuface Group.

He reckoned that if these various planned protests are held as scheduled, there may be breakdown of law and order, with attendant loss of lives and property.

The statement reads: “Nigeria Police Force is deeply concerned with the security implications with regard to the planned protest/demonstrations, and as the lead security agency in the country, is fully aware and recognizes the constitutional rights of every citizen (including Tuface and his group) to assemble and move freely in any part of the country.

“In this regard, the Force is also cognizant of its constitutional responsibilities of taking any proactive/preventive security measures in the interest of public safety, public order, public morality or public health and for the purposes of protecting lives and property, as well as the constitutional rights and freedom of other citizens.

“The Nigeria Police Force is currently in possession of credible intelligence

Police Ask Tuface Idibia, Opposing Group To Cancel Protests
Force PRO, Jimoh Moshood

reports that other interest groups are equally planning to hold a counter protest/matches on the same days at the same places/cities as the Tuface Group.

“If these various planned protests/demonstrations are held as scheduled, that there may be breakdown of law and order, with attendant loss of lives and property.

“To this end, the Nigeria Police Force deems it imperative to issue this press release that Innocent Idibia (a.k.a Tuface) and his group are hereby advised strongly to shelve their planned peaceful protest/demonstration in the interest of peace and security.

“That the other opposing groups are equally advised strongly to shelve its planned counter protest/demonstration in the interest of peace and security.

“That the Nigeria Police Force is prepared to employ every possible legal means for the maintenance of law and order; and for the protection of lives and property.

“Consequently, members of the public, parents and guardians, religious/opinion leaders and other interest groups are strongly advised to prevail on their children and wards, followers and adherents not to allow themselves to be used by any group to cause disturbance of public peace and break down of law and order.”

 

I Never Said Tuface Idibia’s Rally Cannot Be Held – Lagos CP

I Never Said A Rally Cannot Be Held – Lagos CPAnyone planning to join the anti-government rally planned by Nigerian music star, Innocent Idibia popularly known as Tuface Idibia will be protected and free to do so.

That’s the assurance from the Lagos Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, in reaction to an earlier report of a police ban on the protest.

He told Politics Today on Channels Television: “This Commissioner of Police did not at any time say a rally cannot be held. The CP is not the convener of the rally.

“Its the people that are planning the rally that can decide based on advisories as to whether they need to go on with the rally or not.

“I must emphasise here that the policing philosophy of the Inspector-General of Police that he has set out is for us to ensure that our policing conforms with international best practices, with observance of rule of law and of course to know that we are in a democracy.”

Mr Owoseni said that the organisers and the protesters are free to exercise their fundamental human rights by engaging in the planned peaceful protest expected to take place in Lagos and some other major cities of the nation

“If they must exercise their rights, ours is to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order.

“We are assuring the members of the public there won’t be any breakdown of law and order. Everyone in Lagos will be able to go about his or her business without hindrance,” he promised.

He added that both the planned pro and anti-government protests would be given the needed police protection without any breakdown of law and order.

“Pro (or) anti-government rally, the Police will ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order and that we manage it properly.

“This is not the first rally. There was one last month when another group marched from Yaba at the NLC secretariat to Ojota and it was done peacefully and well managed.

“We will continue to make sure that whoever wants to express his or her opinion does that under a peaceful atmosphere.”

 

Tu-Baba Set To Launch ‘I Hate What You Do To Me’ Video

Tu-babaAfrican music legend, Innocent Idibia, also known as Tu-baba, has announced that he would be launching the video to his latest hit track, ‘I hate what you do to me’, at the Dare To Mix festival.

The festival organised by Campari and set to take place on November 5, 2016 in Lagos, would also feature superstar performances from top acts like 9ice, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Ycee and a host of others.

With the brand’s recent ‘Dare To Mix’ Campaign, it has decided to celebrate the diversity in music, comedy as well as cocktails.

The event would mark the first ever cocktail festival in Nigeria.

It would also feature various attractions, including comedy, a ‘mixology session’ with Tu-baba, making his signature mix, “Implication Shakerato”, a DJ face-off, among others.

Faze Talks New Album, Explains Beef Between 2Baba, Blackface

FazeErstwhile Platashun Boiz member, Faze, is out with a new song after a long holiday from the music scene.

The new delivery titled ‘Wette’, is in collaboration with Triple MG star, Iyanya and is produced by Dj coublon.

In a chat with Mayowa Ogundele on Entertainment News on Tuesday, Faze revealed his plans for a come-back album and his career.

He also addressed the controversy between former band mates, 2Baba (2face) and Blackface.

“Very soon everything will be okay. We are all family,” he said.

About the public debacle, Faze added: “Every family has issues. We all have differences, even friends have differences… Very soon it is going to be sorted out”.

Few weeks ago, 2Baba had reacted to Blackface’s threat to sue him for allegedly jacking his song.

2baba who described the allegation as unfortunate, said that he initially thought Blackface’s account was hacked, stressing that he felt disappointed with the act.

2baba Describes Blackface’s Allegation As Unfortunate

2babaNigerian artiste, Innocent Idibia, popularly known by his stage name, 2baba has described Blackface’s allegation as unfortunate.

The multi award winning singer expressed his shock at the accusation during an interview with Channels Television’s Entertainment News.

“It is just so unfortunate. I do not know where it is coming from (but) I am trying to think of different reasons,” he said.

2baba said that he initially thought Blackface’s account was hacked, stressing that he felt disappointed with the act.

 

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So Unfortunate

On their friendship, he said: “He (Blackface) did not consider me his friend anymore,” noting that he wished him no ill will.

The Benue State born artiste said he would make sure the dispute was resolved, restating that it was unfortunate that his former singing mate was coming at him in such way.

“We will trash the whole matter but I got nothing but love and respect for him and it is just so unfortunate that he is coming at me like that,” he said.

Ahmedu Obiabo, who is popularly known as Blackface had earlier this week, called out singer 2baba in a series of tweets for allegedly publishing a song he owned without permission.

Tuface, Wife Collect Promised Suv From Akpabio

Earlier the recent celebrity couple Innocent and Annie Idibia had not made up their mind to collect the wedding gift donated to them by the Akwa Ibom state governor, Godswill Akpabio.

Innocent Idibia popularly known as Tuface has accepted the Prado SUV gift promised by the governor, the state government released a picture on Thursday showing Mr. Idibia looking as the commissioner for Information, Aniekan Umanah presented the car keys to Annie Macauley–Idibia in the presence of her husband and a friend, Jackson Udom.

The governor will further support the relatives of Mrs Idibia who can’t afford to go for the white wedding in Dubai.

Tu Face finally releases Ihe ne me video

One of the most anticipated video in the Nigerian musical circles is finally out.  Innocent “Tu Face” Idibia’s “Ihe ne me”, a track on his newly released album, now has a video.

The unique and colorful video was produced by Clarence Peters under the auspices of Hypertek productions.

With a cameo appearance from W4, “Ihe ne me” is a danceable song which has been rocking clubs.

The song means “Things are happening”