Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity has enjoined ‘wailing wailers’ who have been unduly critical of President Muhammadu Buhari to desist and join hands with him in moving the nation forward.
In his weekly article titled ‘ The Last Wailing Wailer Dies, Adesina said those antagonistic of President Buhari should cease their attacks just like Bunny Wailer (original name Neville O’Rilley Livingston) has stopped all form of wailing with his death on Tuesday aged 73.
Going down memory lane, Adesina said he adopted the name ‘wailing wailers’ for Chief Olisa Metuh, former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who were always finding fault and will not see anything good in the Buhari administration.
The full article reads “It was the end of an era Tuesday when Bunny Wailer, the last of the original Wailing Wailers passed away, aged 73”.
“Bunny (original name Neville O’Rilley Livingston) completed the trio that formed the reggae music group, Bob Marley and the Wailing Wailers, alongside Marley and Peter Tosh in the 1960s. They recorded hit albums like Simmer Down, Stir it Up, and many others, before Bunny went solo around 1973. His reason was simple. He didn’t like extensive touring that the band did, saying it clashed with his Rastafarian beliefs, citing the pressure to eat processed foods and play in “freak clubs.”
He added: “Music is based on inspiration and if you’re in an environment where you are up and down, here and there, that’s how your music is going to sound.”
Bunny Wailer made a success of his solo career, just as Bob Marley and Peter Tosh did of their own. He won three Grammy Awards.
Bob Marley, easily the biggest and most successful of the Wailing Wailers, was the first to die of cancer on May 11, 1981. He was aged 36.
On September 11, 1987, Peter Tosh was shot dead by some gunmen, who had attempted to rob him at his Jamaican home. He was aged 42.
Bunny lived longest, but had been in and out of hospital for a couple of years, before he died this week. He stopped wailing at age 73. He was a cultural icon in Jamaica.
Bob Marley had said they picked the expression Wailing Wailers for the band, because “we started out crying” against different ills of society. But now, the wailing has turned full circle, as the original members of the reggae group are all dead.
“In June 2015, just about a month into the Muhammadu Buhari administration, it was crystal clear that some people would not let well be. At the slightest drop of a hat, they began to ululate, wail and cry as if pepper had been put in their sensitive parts. They shouted themselves hoarse, particularly on social media, as if it was the beginning and end of the world, and as if it was the best way to distract the President from doing anything. Almost six years later, they are still at it”.