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Why entertainers must apologise to Buhari

Posted: Apr 25, 2015 at 2:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

 IT is not out of place for entertainers across the world to pitch tent with any politician gunning for public office.

In fact, endorsement of candidates by movie and music stars as well as other celebrities goes a long way in winning elections. But the recent endorsement of outgoing president Goodluck Jonathan by Nollywood stars and other entertainers may have been one of the reasons Jonathan lost the election badly to General Muhammadu Buhari, his All Progressives Congress, APC rival.


General Muhammadu Buhari

The entertainers got carried away and drifted carelessly into the tricky waters of politics with loads of naivety as companion. Instead of endorsing Jonathan and allowing their individual stardom to convince the electorates, they decided to be campaigners; which is also within the limit but when they took over the jobs of presidency attack lions such as Doyin Okupe and Dr. Reuben Abati; that was when they crossed the line of civility!

The fees they were getting from the ‘generous’ former presidential candidate of the People Democratic Party, PDP,

got into the heads of our entertainers and they began to insult General Buhari like every average politician in the PDP. Listen to popular comedian and actor Gordons, during one of Jonathan’s many meetings with entertainers. “The two top presidential candidates, one senior the country. Like GSM battery, na only one bar remain; na that one him wan take rule us? Na death dey come so.”

The comedian did not spare former president Olusegun Obasanjo who became sympathetic to the opposition party, All Progressives Congress, APC: “OBJ no tear paper when he was small; na when him be adult him dey tear paper”

Nobody was listening to veteran comedian Ali Baba’s words of caution at that time. They have gone overboard; from Ibinabo Fiberisima (the contractor of entertainers for Jonathan) to Segun Arinze, Fidelis Duker, Imeh Bishop, Ramsey Nouah, Kingsley Ogoro, Charles Novia, Patience Ozokwor, Ini Edo and Walter Anga among many others were busy abusing Buhari on camera. Ali Baba tried to tell them: “My colleagues think that by going to Abuja to collect money, all is well, but it’s not true. We need a proper structure for the industry.” Nobody listened.

One of the most damaging insults Buhari got aside the famous AIT and NTA TV documentaries came from no other person than Isoko, Delta State born gospel singer Sammie Okposo. It caused quite an outrage online and he had to apologise the next day. Hear a supposed gospel singer: “From perjury to forgery: Buhari or whoever forged that certificate needs to be flogged. Prior to the formation of a central government by Gowon, all regions had separate curriculums. Only the western region offered a local language in both their curriculum and WASC! It was after a central government was formed and a universal educational curriculum was developed and adopted which included other local languages in 1974! So which WASC did Buhari write in 1961 that included Hausa? Scroll to page 9 of this academic write up and see a brief summary of the total subjects entered from 1961 to 1974 and the percentile of students per subject.

Afro hip hop act Duncan Mighty did not want to be left out in the race to abuse Buhari. Read what he posted online that period: “Idiocy is the point at which you go to London to fight for individuals without PVCs. Mumu is the point at which you go to London and neglect to return with your acclaimed Cambridge authentication. Mugu is the point at which you didn’t go to class and you fashion a declaration and come online to say Sai Buhari.

“Silliness is the point at which you have been yelling up NEPA since you were conceived but however anticipate that GEJ will turn into a magician inside four years. Akpos is the point at which you read day and night to get a testament and still need ‘semi-illiterate’ to administer you. 419 is when Buhari said he obtained 27 million loan for presidential form yet Buhari’s wife gives drug worth N135m to displaced persons in Yola.”

I took the troubles of going online to search for the list of entertainers that endorsed President Barrack Obama of the United States during his first election and re-election campaigns. The list could fill a whole book. Almost all top Hollywood stars and music sensations from Ben Affleck, Pierce Brosnan, George Clooney, Robert De Niro, Eddie Murphy, 50 Cents and Mariah Carey among so many endorsed Obama (please see list of entertainers that endorsed Obama) and none at any point went on air to abuse John McCain, Obama’s rival.

Instead of Nigerian entertainers to curry support for Jonathan using their stardom, they ended up putting a lot of people off with their cheap and abusive manners. Jonathan was the loser overall because instead of stopping them, his silence was an encouragement; a sign they were doing the right thing.

But now that the elections are over and Jonathan had lost his re-election bid, we can now safely assume that the stars’ abuses aimed at Buhari did not work. So this is the time to make amends. This is the time for Nollywood and music stars that rained abuses on Buhari to apologise to the president-elect, General Buhari and their fans for behaving ‘un-starly’.

Buhari could conveniently be the father of a Sammie Okposo and Duncan Mighty and for both of them to publicly abuse their father’s mate no matter the millions they was paid, leaves much to be desired.

Buhari should accept the apologies of these spoilt ‘stars’ and do what he has to do for the industry. I am sure he has moved on from all the flaks thrown at him during the campaign period. But he should be careful of these stars. They are so cheap, they will attempt to worm their way into Aso Rock and turn it into a beer parlour like they have done in the last six years under Jonathan. Buhari should not use them to abuse any political rival (they will willingly do that even without Buhari asking). He should reinvigorate the dying industry so that they will be gainfully engaged instead of being politicians’ men Friday.


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