Nigerians tweeps have hailed Bukola Elemide, international singer popularly known as Asa, for her performance in Abuja, on Tuesday.
Asa who adorned in a sombre all-black attire, performed her hit song, ‘Fire On The Mountain,’ at the launch of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited.
On Tuesday, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation transited fully into a commercial entity, becoming the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Limited).
The ceremony was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari among other high-ranking public servants
Asa’s ‘Fire on the Mountain’ which was released in 2007, is a rebuke of African leaders and their lackadaisical attitude toward the plight of the common man.
The lyrics of the song depicts “there’s trouble, bloodshed in a country and no one seems to care.”
Many took to social media to applaud Asa for performing the satire at the event.
Babasola Kuti, @RealSolaKuti wrote, “Asa never misses an opportunity to send a message. Today at the NNPC Ltd launch her outfit and song choice spoke volumes. Unfortunately the people she sang for are totally deaf to reality.”
Hailing the singer, @Naijspider tweeted, “The best song for the occasion. There’s fire on the mountain and this government seems not to be on the run to put it out. Just chilling like all is well.”
“Imagine Paying Asa to perform but you are getting a protest via her ‘Fire on the Mountain’ song and yet the regressive group doesn’t get it! Asa. We hear you loud and clear,” @rizzza wrote.
@Reneult_Jabosss also tweeted, “I was shocked that Asa performed ‘Fire on the mountain’ right in front of Buhari & all the government dignitaries present at the NNPC Limited launch.
“That was brave and courageous on her part. Speaking truth to power. Music is a powerful weapon indeed. Asa, you did well!”
“@Asa_official wearing an all-black attire and singing ‘there is fire on the mountain’ in front of the Head of State is the kind of African giant activism I love to see. A Queen!” @Chinokevic wrote.
@Asa_official performing ‘Fire on the Mountain’ at the NNPC LTD unveiling is such a direct message to the leaders of the country right in their face,” @kryssthaboss tweeted.
@MayorOfUyo said, “Asa dropped a bomb at the NNPC Summit and walked out without being arrested.By singing FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN before the president, she didn’t abuse anyone, she didn’t criticize anyone. She spoke directly to their consciences with a song.Legendary doings.”
@Drpenking “Asa was invited to sing at the NNPC re-launch with Buhari in attendance. Guess the song she chose to sing? “There is fire on the mountain.” No one can convince me that this was not on purpose . I saw what you did there, our lovely sister. God bless you for passing the message.”
@TosinMatilda “ASA sings “Fire On The Mountain” at the relaunch of the NNPC in the presence of President Buhari.Violence served peacefully I hope all these politicians at the event understood the message!
@DejiFaremi “Asa sang Fire On The Mountain at an NNPC event, in the presence of Buhari and many other Nigerian leaders.Message passed!
@AdebayoAdekunle “The music is Still fresh, The content is clear. Truly, the message passed but to who? Do they really believe there is any fire on the mountain?”
@MisterJonahh “Asa performed ‘Fire on the Mountain’ at the relaunch of NNPC in presence of President Buhari. To me, this isn’t a performance but a protest. Bravery!
@Nwa_Anambra “Thank you Asa for the protest song at NNPC limited lunch.It’s not as if they don’t get the message behind the song, they do but they don’t care.”
@NurudeenObalola “This is so beautifully poignant. Perfect song to remind those who have mismanaged this country that they’re burning everything down. Only problem is Buhari and his cronies don’t care if the mountain and the surrounding valleys burn to ashes.”
@LinoIsawhe “Asa’s rendition of “Fire on the mountain” at the NNPC Ltd unveiling is a direct message to Nigeria leaders including Nigeria President who is on ground. I do hope they hear the message and not just enjoy the tune. God bless.”
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