Nigerian rapper, Falz has criticized the decision to hand a 'Icon of Democracy award to Senator Abbo.
Falz and Abbo
Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana has expressed displeasure over Senator Elisha Abbo’s receipt of the Intercommunity Awareness for Change and Development Initiative’s (IACDI) ‘Icon of Democracy’ award.
Abbo, who is renowned as Nigeria’s youngest senator, was presented with the award in Abuja last week.
He recently made the headlines following a CCTV footage of him repeatedly slapping a nursing mother in an Abuja sex toy shop that went viral.
Apparently cheesed off by the award, the talented singer took to his Instagram page to suggest that the Adamawa-north lawmaker be given a plaque that says “biggest disgrace of the year”.
He further sought answers from the national assembly and the Nigerian police with respect to the status of Abbo’s case.
“What kind of joke is this man? This was the senator that was caught on tape assaulting a woman in an adult store. Icon of Democracy Award? Shameless at the highest level. It is actually disgusting. He should be holding a plaque that says ‘Biggest Disgrace of the Year’,” Falz wrote.
“To the Nigerian police, I thought this man had been charged to court. What is the status of the case? To the national assembly, what disciplinary action was taken against him? We need answers, this man cannot remain in the senate.”
In the video clip (above), Abbo is seen flanked on both sides with a plaque and an award frame from IACDI as he spoke highly of himself.
He also described his connection with the Abuja sex toy shop assault scandal as “leadership” and “politics”, adding that he’s convinced young Nigerians would “draw strength” from him.
“I’ve been in power dealing with the challenges of Nigerian politics, swimming in the murky waters of Nigerian politic. And I believe young people will draw strength from me,” Abbo said.
“You’re all aware of what happened a few weeks back where certain things happened and I have been in the public space. I was number one trending on social media, I twitter number one trending on twitter and the rest of it. But that is leadership.”