The former university lecturer who has released a number of hit songs over the years is using his new album to make a statement against violence.
The track Ceasefire which derives its title from Buchi’s 2009 novel on cultism and violence is an outcry against violence and the maiming and killing of people in the name of religion or politics. However, with Judah, Buchi intends to go beyond singing or writing about violence to taking more practical steps in the fight against violence.
In his words, ‘violence does not begin with the explosion of a car bomb or the unfortunate success of a suicide bomber. It begins with the neglect of that child on the street with nobody to guide him who may become a suicide bomber or a guerrilla fighter tomorrow.’
Buchi believes that we should not only be concerned with the symptoms of violence but with the causes also.
Throwing more light on this position, he explains, ‘violence is sustained by society’s neglect of the victims of violence.
He is donating all the proceeds from sales of the new album to support taking children off the streets. He is also donating part of proceeds from the album launch to children of victims of religious violence.
To this end, he is working with the InnerCity Mission Abeokuta, an organization dedicated to helping children who have been made orphans by religious crises especially in northern Nigeria.
This musical and talk aspect of the project was flagged off on the 17th of February, 2011 at the University of Ado Ekiti (UNAD) in an exciting concert tagged Operation Ceasefire. But Buchi’s engagement with violence did not begin as a concert, but as a concern or response to the social scourge of cult violence in our school system especially at the tertiary level.