In Nigerian casual parlance, it is called the ‘Roforofo’ fight. Well, the mud is dirty and you have to be careful not to be entangled in it.
This explains the recent altercation between Ilesha indigene and popular singer, Eedris Ajenifuja, more known as Eedris Abdulkareem and the Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo (SAN) as the latter has decided to take the fight to the mud.
Njenje Media News reports that Eedris Abdulkareem recently released a remake to his monster hit, ‘Jagajaga’ and in the song criticized the government, its actions and inactions and in a part made reference to Keyamo as an activist who is now dining with the cabals.
A part of the song reads: “where Festus Keyamo sef? He don dey chop with cabal o”.
This did not go well with the Minister and he decided to fight dirty.
Keyamo took to his Twitter page to release series of private conversations between himself and the musician. In the released messages, Eedris was seen begging for money for different purposes among other pleas for monetary assistance.
Keyamo opined that Eedris is now out to blackmail him after his bid to extort him failed
“Eedris Abdulkareem just released a song, ‘Jaga Jaga reloaded’, where he waxed the following lyrics,
“I laughed out so loud and even danced to the rhythm too. But there’s a small story behind this poor attempt at blackmail.
“In 2018, when I was named the Director of Strategic Communications for the Buhari Campaign Organisation Eedris waxed a song in support of Buhari & wanted to join us, albeit for a fee. He then made desperate efforts to see me through text messages from his phone no. 07019691772.
“When I finally met with him, I listened to the songs but told him I had no budget for such or any for that matter.
“I explained that my job was voluntary. It was the same thing I told so many other so-called activists-by-day-and-hustlers-at-night who secretly approached me,” he said.
Keyamo said Abdulkareem then switched to the fact that he wanted a loan to pay for his hotel bills to the tune of N1.3m & to cater for his ‘sick mum,’ saying “that was already running into more than N3m. However, one govt functionary called me to say he told him another story that his child was sick.
“He begged me to introduce him to Malami (AGF), Amaechi & the SGF and to paint a good ‘PR’ for him. He pledged that he was with us in the campaign with his whole ‘body and soul’. But at this point, I knew he was a desperate hustler who could embarrass me, so I ghosted him”
Keyamo added: “Shortly after this episode when he could not penetrate the system to get the money he so desperately wanted, he then endorsed Atiku and called Buhari a ‘fraudster’. But we decided to ignore his weak voice of opposition.
“After our victory, he went berserk and joined every protest against the same Buhari whom he wanted to serve with his whole ‘body and soul’, but needed money to do so. He has been mentioning my name specifically at occasions as if I am the cause of all his troubles in life”
“His reference to me as ‘chopping’ reminds me of the gaffe of then Minister Sunday Afolabi who infamously said Bola Ige was invited to Govt to ‘come and chop’!
“I wish to assure Eedris and any who think being in Govt is tantamount to ‘chopping’, that for some of us (I can’t speak for others) it is just an honor to serve our country and an attempt to move from armchair criticism to a real participant in order to make a difference.
“Finally, we can all sit back and enjoy the ‘Jaga Jaga reloaded’. One of the objectives of the song is to call me out since I ghosted him for attempted extortion – he has now succeeded. Another objective is to help promote the song by my reaction – that he has also achieved.
Eedris Abdulkareem is yet to respond to the damaging ‘expose’ but trust us at Njenje Media News to brief you as events unfold.
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