Just when a number of his fans were lamenting the seeming eclipse of his singing career, mask-styled musician, Lagbaja, like a bolt from the blue, caused a stir at the weekend when he reportedly shunned an offer by the Iyiola Omisore Campaign Organisation to perform at the grand finale rally and reception for President Goodluck Jonathan scheduled to hold in Osogbo, Osun State, next week.
The Koko Below crooner had reportedly been approached to thrill supporters of Senator Iyiola Omisore, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the August 9 governorship election in Osun State.
However, the award-winning act, who would not want to sell his conscience for a pot of porridge, stoutly declined the offer. For a man who is seen as a social commentator of sorts, especially considering the oeuvre of his music, he was said to have rejected the offer purely on moral grounds.
In a very biting and soul-searching piece, he said: “Though the court of the land discharged and acquitted you (Omisore) in the murder case against the former Minister of Justice in Nigeria, the late Cicero of Esa-Oke and foremost nationalist, Chief Bola Ige, I have deep-rooted innermost conviction that you are culpable in the death of my mentor and benefactor. If you offer me all the allocation of Osun State during your four-year-tenure peradventure you win (which I seriously doubt), I will not perform for Iyiola Omisore governorship election.”
Since the news went viral, there have been strong reactions from his fans saluting what some described as his daring stance, unlike some other artistes who would prioritise pecuniary motive over any other consideration.