Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has accused controversial singer, Eedris Abdulkareem of resorting to blackmail after failing to extort money to support the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Keyamo made this known in a series of tweets posted on his verified handle on the micro-blogging site, Twitter.
1st News reports that Keyamo was reacting to a newly released song by Abdulkareem titled Jajagaga Reloaded. In the song, the singer had railed at the current administration, citing the worsening conditions in Nigeria. The song, which is a remake of Jagajaja, a record released during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, had begun making the rounds online.
However, Keyamo has come out to expose the song as a cheap attempt by Abdulkareem to hit back; especially after being snubbed in his attempts to extort money to support Buhari.
Keyamo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) had revealed that as far back as 2018; Adbulkareem had requested meetings with him (Keyamo) where he offered his services in support of Buhari for a fee.
Indeed, the former Minister of State, Niger Delta Affairs, shared screenshots of their conversation to this effect.
‘‘Eedris Abdulkareem just released a song, ‘jagajaga reloaded’, where he waxed the following lyrics, “where Festus Keyamo sef? He don dey chop with cabal o”. I laughed out so loud and even danced to the rhythm too. But there’s a small story behind this poor attempt at blackmail,’’ Keyamo had begun.
2.) In 2018, when I was named the Director of Strategic Communications for 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👇 pic.twitter.com/rpCh8uwVLB
— Festus Keyamo, SAN (@fkeyamo) April 24, 2021
‘‘In 2018, when I was named the Director of Strategic Communications for 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 then switched to the fact that he wanted a loan to pay for his hotel bills to the tune of N1.3 m & to cater for his ‘sick mum’. 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.
‘‘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’. After our victory, he went berserk and joined every protests 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.
‘‘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 honour 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 ‘jagajaga 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!
Meanwhile, the controversial singer is yet to react to the allegations.