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Sound Sultan: “The Problems of Nigeria are Nigerians”



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Music star Sound Sultan in an interview with The Nigerian Entertainment Today speaks about the Nigerian music industry, meeting Queen Elizabeth II, his wife converting from Christianity to Islam and his new role as an ambassador for MTN.

When asked “Most of your songs have been about the situation of the country, which is good. What would you say are the problems facing this country and how do you think we can reform the state of the nation?”

He answered;

“The problems of Nigeria are “Nigerians”! We don’t have any other problem other than that, You realise that, whenever we point an accusing finger at the government, it points back at the masses. We have a common enemy, which is the government.

But we fail to realise that we are part of the government. Even if we are not at the reign of power at the moment, one day we will get there. Even the present individuals in government had pointed accusing fingers at one point in their lives.

That’s how the trend continues. The people themselves need to re-evaluate what they stand for, individually. It’s easy to say little drops of water make a mighty ocean, but if every unit takes proper charge and make significant effort towards the betterment of the country, then we will move from this point.

So, if we talk about the situation of the country without the people wanting to be part of the rehabilitation, we won’t succeed nor progress.

The number of people on government is very minute, compared to the masses. Okay, for example, if we are able to fight and conquer this present government and toss the corrupt leaders out of their offices, what’s going to happen when the new one comes in?

That’s is my argument. I am someone that speaks for the masses but the masses are faceless, I might as well be speaking for a thief.

So, I just want individual efforts, everyone should be prepared to make sacrifices for the betterment of this nation. If we can get majority of the people thinking in the right manner, then the country will change.

You will find a man driving against traffic insulting another driver that is plying the right route. We are losing it in the country.”

Sound Sultan & Farida

On his wife converting to Islam: Whenever you walk in life with someone or you want to take someone as a role model, partner or whatever, don’t change because you want to change, the most important thing that should make you emulate that person is their way of life.

If someone’s way of life affects me positively, and I feel this person is representative of whatever they preach, then I will change for that reason.

I think that’s exactly what my wife did. I don’t want to go into too much detail on that, but when people try to convince you into something, but they are not practicing what they preach, then it is a chaotic approach to influence people.

I tell people “Do your own thing the right way and when they see you, they emulate you”

For more on the interview, pick up the new issue of The Nigerian Entertainment Today


  1. Boyboyman

    July 24, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Including you.

  2. ak

    July 24, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Abeg Sound Sultan, have a seat.

    I’m tired of hearing the same old “Problem with Nigeria is Nigerians, and we need to evaluate ourselves” crap.. Please that is an ideal that can never be realized.

    Lets start from the top
    Humanity is flawed. Everyone is sinful, Everyone is selfish and looks out for their own good.

    No one is exempted from this. It is simply Human Nature.

    This Human Nature can only be checked when there is a system of rewards/punishment for what Society or the Enviroment determines. This is known as the Law.

    Not only must there be Law, there must be enforcement.

    (Even in the Bible, God told Adam- DO NOT EAT OF THE FRUIT OR YOU WILL DIE…. Did he physically die? Die he not eat the fruit even though he was warned NOT to (The law)….. But God had to enforce that Law and punish him for disobeying.

    Any society that fails, is not by itself a failed State due to its people – Can you blame a dog for eating its faeces?

    No, a society that fails is because of a breakdown of law and order, and the lack of enforcement of ideals.

    Look at America: You think its people are perfect? Left to themselves, we would have Bernie Madoffs and CyberCriminals times 100 of what Nigeria could ever come up with.

    But they have Law and Justice and people account for their sins (not all the time, but at least the system works for the most part)

    That is OUR PROBLEM: SOUND SULTAN…. Lack of ENFORCEMENT of the Laws we created to protect ourselves and our children’s futures.

    • Kay

      July 24, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      Aunty/Uncle, who enforces the law? People! The law has to be backed by public opinion, i.e. people have to
      1) believe that the law is worth following and
      2) shun people who decide not to follow the law.
      As the oil expat remarked earlier, Nigeria lacks any kind of social unity (except around religion). it’s only the religious rules that people obey ( and even then they only pay lip service, because habits are hard to break, and hypocrisy is a habit). SO you have church members who will pray for you after you buy the church a generator with funds you clearly stole.
      NIGERIANS do not censor other Nigerians fro breaking the law! If Alamieyesiegha’s daughter comes to marry into your family today, will you refuse them? Will you refuse to consort with thieves?

    • TheresaO

      July 24, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      I agree with your statement but it also ties in with Sound Sultan’s.
      Who breaks the laws? Nigerians!
      Who will enforce those laws? Nigerians!
      Who refuses to enforce the laws? Nigerians!!!
      So Nigerians, regardless of economic position, are the problem and solution of Nigeria’s problems, just like S.S said. 🙂

  3. ak

    July 24, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Compare that to our system, where the Dokubo’s and Abacha’s still have mouth to be discussing publicly Nigeria’s future…. Where one man is controlling our nations oil and 3 people are manipulating power supply for their benefit… Where one man owns an entire Cement industry… Where the police run from Armed robbers, and the streets bring people closer to death on Ibadan ExpressWay.

    Where one is not safe, cannot cry for help, Where politicians loot money and the people say it is ok.

    Where NOT a SINGLE PERSON knows their rights from a Constitutional standpoint and its people do not give a *&*(…..

    Please tell me, WHY WILL WE NOT FAIL?

  4. kunle

    July 24, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    The problem of Nigeria are the Nigerians, but the bulk lies with government itself who spearhead the affairs of our life. When there is lack basic needs, some Nigerians will be push to wrongdoings. Besides, we lack every proper form of government. From the executive, to legislation and judiciary, they are all bunch of fools. Nothing is developing and they know. It is very simple, Nigeria is about the survival of the fittest and selfishness.

  5. Kweenliz

    July 24, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Gbam I totally agree with sound sultan. anybody can create a point on the exact problem of Nigeria but to me I ‘ve learnt not to blame the government completely about the so call problem. am yet to understand the meaning of nationality

  6. nene

    July 24, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    always loved sound sultan. and he’s always been ana dvocate for change with his music. everything he has said is true. the people make the country. bad people equal bad country. i am a nigerian but the worst human experiences i’ve had in life (both personal and business) have been nigerians. the government has its problems but if Nigerians were good, we wouldn’t elect those bad people, but everyone wants a slice of the national cake, and nobody will say the truth or do the right thing. corruption and bribery has eaten deep into the system because there is no respect of law. when Nigeria becomes a lawful country, things might just start to change.

  7. lakelizzy

    July 24, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    One of our #1 problems is never appreciating truth. Sound sultan has made a good and correct argument either you agree or not. The government is a reflection of its people. Example, we fight for our right. Do even know what those rights are specifically. That’s just a basic example. You can’t make your government accountable for what you have no knowledge of. Well said my guy.

  8. Engoz

    July 25, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    It’s not enough to say make ‘individual efforts’. Nigerians have been doing that since time immemorial. I wrote an article titled ‘Every Nigerian is his own government’
    We have been providing ordinary basic amenities by ourselves. When will this devilish country relieve the burden from its people? The Nigerian government especially the local government is to blame. We need to make the government accountable to us and we need to start from our locality.
    It requires a communal effort, no more individual effort because that’s what we have been doing and it has not worked for us. Get your street to start demanding from your local government. They are not there for fancy.

    • ak

      July 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      Thank you o….

      Someone who is offering an actual solution.

      Yes the problem is with Nigerians.. you can generalize all you want… BUT WHAT IS THE SOLUTION? THE WAY FORWARD?

      You can’t simply say “individual efforts”…. what does that even mean tangibly?

      It is like you saying, Today i want to go to VI…

      Well how will you get there? By bus, by car? by foot?

      If taking a bus, what route will you take?

      How about Car? What if there is traffic? Your alternate route?

      In my scenario presented, This is called planning… Following your route and making alternate decisions is called enforcement.

      The law is a plan.
      And one must enforce those laws.

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