After the arrest and remanding of Nigerian artists Omah Didia aka Omah Lay with Temilade Openyi alongside their Manager Muyiwa Awomiyi on charges of negligently involving in acts likely to spread an infectious disease, many Ugandan artists who were on Sunday pushing Uganda Police to take action, have now changed the goal posts.
Many have based this change on fear of criticism from their Nigerian counterparts as well as other artists from other countries, some say the act of imprisoning the artist was not called for “since he didn’t invite himself” while others have argued that this spoils the Country’s image as pertains the arts industry.
The musicians have joined the social media campaigns to demand for the release of the Nigerians who are currently detained at Kitalya and Kigo prisons respectively.
Among these is Moses Ssali aka Bebe Cool who posted thus, “Free Omah Lay. So much has happened to humanity in the world due to covid-19 but we need to focus on not hurting each other more than what covid-19 has done to us all.”
“I called for this concert to be stopped and the authorities did not do so then. Damage has been done but we can avoid more damage. Free the artists and blame the organizers,” he added.
A social media war between Ugandans and Nigerians both on Twitter and Facebook has since ensued with one of the two parties criticizing the act of Uganda Police while the other is pinning the organizers of the event.
Omah, together with his co-accused are expected to re-appear in court on Wednesday for mentioning of their case.