Nigerian artiste, Bukola Elemide, popularly known as Asa, got people talking on Tuesday 19th July, as she performed one of her hit songs titled “Fire on the mountain” to an audience with Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari in attendance.

The performance got most reactions because of some of the lyrics of the song, which many Nigerians could relate to. Some lyrics from her performance read:

I wake up in the mornin’
Tell you what I see on my TV screen
I see the blood of an innocent child
And everybody’s watchin.”

There is fire on the mountain
And nobody seems to be on the run
Oh, there is fire on the mountaintop
And no one is a-runnin’

The artiste performed her song, ‘Fire On The Mountain,’ at the launch of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, which was unveiled by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, 19th July 2022.


Reacting to Asa’s performance, Nigerians said the singer chose the platform to send a message.

Some comments were posted on Twitter:

@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.

@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.

@MisterJonahh wrote: ”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!

On Tuesday, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation transited fully into a commercial entity, becoming the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited.

The President unveiled the new Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, a landmark event that officially changes the oil firm from a wholly state-run entity to a commercial oil company, limited by shares.

The new NNPC Logo

Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the unveiling of the new oil company, the Chief Executive Officer, NNPC Limited, Mele Kyari, stated that the firm was now a private outfit and had nothing to do with FAAC anymore.

Story: Ralia Adama

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