Thousands of Lagosians trooped out on the streets of Lagos on Thursday, September 21, 2023, for a candlelight procession in honour of the late singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba, aka Mohbad, who passed on in controversial circumstances last week.
At about 5:30 pm, fans had gathered in their numbers at the Lekki Phase One gate in the Lekki area of Lagos, clad in white t-shirts bearing Mohbad’s image. Their somber demeanor contrasted with the upbeat tunes of one of Mohbad’s songs, ‘Peace’, which was blared repeatedly at the venue.
Expressing the frustration that was felt by many, a fan of the late singer told Saturday Beats, “When I get home, I will rain curses on the killers of Mohbad. He did not deserve to die young.”
The procession moved from Lekki to the Muri Okunola park on Victoria Island in a 30-minute journey.
Davido comforts fans, calls for justice
One of the highlights of the event was when pop star, Davido, mounted the stage.
Also dressed in the shirt bearing Mohbad’s picture, he said, “Rest in peace, Mohbad. Aside from justice being done, I call on all entertainers and influencers in Nigeria to come together and make sure that his child, wife and his parents are taken care of.”
What Mohbad told me — Duncan Mighty
A singer, Duncan Mighty, also told Saturday Beats that while they were in the United Kingdom, the singer told him that he was not comfortable. He said, “I feel very bad about his death, because we were on the same flight from Nigeria to London for the One Africa Music Fest. I was the only one with him in first class. The only place I noticed he had issues was when we were in Birmingham. He did not perform there. We were backstage, and he told me he was tense and not comfortable. I had to call Paul O (the organiser of the show) to talk to him. From there, we went to a club, and after that, we went to the hotel. At the London show, he was also meant to perform after Skales, but he could not perform. I cannot just believe he is gone. We had plans for collaborations. He was just too young to die. I demand for justice for Mohbad.”
Advising young artistes, Mighty said, “If you don’t use your sense, someone else will use you. One of the reasons artistes make these mistakes is that they don’t sign record deals with lawyers. Your lawyer cannot watch you sign a bad deal.”
Zlatan, Goya Meyor demand justice
Addressing newsmen at the tribute concert after the candlelight procession, a popular singer and close friend to the deceased singer, Zlatan Ibile, said, “I don’t know what to say; I am short of words. I wish Mohbad did not actually leave the way he left. I pray that his soul will continue to rest in peace. I pray he gets the justice he deserves.”
In a similar vein, the ‘Ameno’ singer, Goya Menor said, “An injury to one is an injury to all. Gone are those days that the industry will be divided. This time, we are here to stand as one voice. Justice must be served.”
Programme ends abruptly
There were reports that some of the mourners were dispersed with teargas at the event.
However, the host of the event, Do2tun, stated that the organisers had announced that everybody should return to their homes, as it was a candlelight procession, and not a protest.
The police also stated that they had reached an agreement with the organisers for the event to end at 8pm, so they had to disperse the crowd with teargas when they saw signs that the event could be hijacked by people with ulterior motives.
Celebrities turn out for one of their own
Other celebrities in attendance at the event were Skales, Falz, Ckay, Eniola Badmus, Ara, and Victoria Kolawole.
Meanwhile, processions were also held in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on Thursday, September 21; and at the Unity Fountain, in the Central Business District of Abuja.