Contrary to what the Obasanjo regime (1976-1979) would have people believe,
there is no doubt that Fela’s refusal to participate in the FESTAC sham, the sea
of black power salutes that surrounded him wherever he went in Nigeria, and
his uncompromising bold lyrics condemning government’s corruption, plus
his financing and publishing of YAP NEWS were the true reasons behind the
Nigerian army attack.
The official justification given for the attack by the army, was that they went
to Kalakuta to arrest some members who after a fight with a military corporal
for traffic violation, burnt down the motor cycle the corporal was riding and
escaped into Fela’s Kalakuta republic.