Elder Dayo Odeyemi, spokesperson of the late Fuji maestro, Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister has tersely condemned statements credited to Alhaji Wasiu Ayin Anifowoshe (also called K1 De Ultimate).
K1 had said that the late Fuji maestro was not the creator of Fuji music. He also publicly claimed that he is single-handedly responsible for giving Barrister a befitting burial.
But, Elder Odeyemi has come out to say such statements are “arrogant and naive” of the singer.
“It is also a flagrant display of arrogance and naivety on his part. It reveals his hatred and open jealousy to the man who gave him his source of livelihood.
“He was never a part of history of Fuji creation as the music itself (Fuji) was 7 years old as at the time he came into music under the tutelage of Ayinde Barrister in 1974. Perhaps, I should make it clear that Wasiu Ayinde, who is claiming to know much about Fuji, joined Barrister organization in 1974 after uncompleting secondary school education at Ansarudeen High School, Ijebu Isiwo. As at 1974, Barrister had released 19 (nineteen) solid records including (2) two singles and one extended play. By calculation, if we subtract 1967 when Barister released his first Fuji record titled Waya Rabi from 1974 when Wasiu joined his organization as a packer, the gap is 7 years, meaning Fuji music is 7 years older than Wasiu Ayinde alias K1 who is now trying to tell the story of what he knew nothing about.”
The spokesman continued, saying: “It is on record that he (K1) visited Barrister only once throughout the period of ten months that Barrister was hospitalized at Havana Hospital, Lagos. It is equally on record that it was the former Lagos State governor, Raji Fashola that donated money for all the expenses of the burial ceremony, including refreshment and security at Fuji Chambers and TBS respectively. The question is, at what stage did Wasiu Ayinde spend his money, bearing in mind that a burial committee headed by Alhaji Buhari Oloto had been put in place by the Lagos State government to handle the burial arrangements? KWAM 1 cannot deny the fact that he was taking orders from Alhaji Buhari Oloto, who was in total control.
“I want to appeal to Wasiu Ayinde to desist forthwith from destroying the legacy of the man who gave him his source of livelihood. He should also tell the world what he has done for the Barrister family despite all the promises he made to the children and wives of his late mentor.”
Written by Clement Oluwasegun