Pedro Obaseki, a former governorship aspirant in Edo State and cousin to the incumbent Governor of the State, Godwin Obaseki, has called for the ban of YBNL’s boss, Olamide’s hit single ‘Science Student’ which has been on Nigeria’s airwaves since its release.
According to Pedro Obaseki who said he heard the song while in traffic, the song which the indigenous rapper performed in Yoruba, encourages children to mix all types of drugs. According to him, Olamide is eulogizing illicit drugs and encouraging kids to take tramadol and monkey tail.
Pedro Obaseki also said the ban is necessary because Olamide who has huge followership and whose song might become an opinion moulder, released the song when the nation is on its knees. He went further to enjoin the NDLEA and other agencies fighting against drug abuse, to sanitize the minds of kids who are protesting against the systems in all forms of hair and dresscodes.
Recall that in 2017, the National Broadcasting Corporation banned five Nigerian songs they tagged as “Not to be Broadcasted.”
The banned songs are Olamide‘s “Wo” and “Wavy Level“; Davido‘s “Fall” and “If (Remix)“; and 9ice’s “Living Things.”
The Federal Ministry of Health had in a tweet, said that the video to Olamide’s “Wo” violated the Tobacco Control Act 2015.
“This is our position: video contravenes the act. Innocently or otherwise Tobacco Promotion Advertising Sponsorship is banned in all forms.”
Tweeting the information via its official Twitter page, the Ministry of Health claimed that single’s video, which features ghetto scenes in which youth are seen smoking, encourages second-hand smoking.
That was however not the first time that an Olamide song will be banned by the Nigerian regulatory body.
In 2016, just a few months after the ban of one of his songs ‘Shakiti Bobo’, NBC also banned, ‘Don’t Stop’ which is a track off Olamide’s 5th studio album, Eyan Mayweather, for its vulgar lyrics.