The End SARS campaign is already taking a new dimension following the war of words currently on-going between Nigerian sensational music artiste, Ayo Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid and Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie.
Argument started when Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari tweeted a goodwill message to the United States of America’s president, Donald Trump, who was diagnosed at that time with COVID-19.
This didn’t go down well with Wizkid as he angrily reacted by calling out the President for ignoring the plight of Nigerian youths who suffers human rights abuses in the hands of some men of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS).
His reaction, “Donald trump is not your business! Old man! Police/Sarz still killing Nigerian youth on a daily! Do something! Nothing concern u for America! Face your country!!”
Lauretta however did not find this reaction funny as she lambasted the artiste, whom she labelled a “dumb kid”, for being rude and arrogant in the manner with which he addressed the president. Her tweet, “Its not disrespectful to call anyone old. Its the way and manner Ayo Balogun addressed the President that leaves a sour taste in the mouth. He exhibited crass ignorance, insensitivity and childishness. But hey, he’s a #DumbkidNotWhizKid When he grows up, he might learn respect.
Reacting to Lauretta, Wizkid asserted that the call for better governance has nothing to do with age. He castigated the President’s Special Adviser for being insensitive to the burning issue of concern and rather throwing abuses in its stead.
His response; “lol a 77 year old man is not young ma.. You are a woman and a mother and kids are getting killed by police/sars and this is all you have to say? Shame on you!!! Shame on you!! I am a father and age has nothing to do with demanding for a better governance in my country!!
lol a 77 year old man is not young ma.. You are a woman and a mother and kids are getting killed by police/sars and this is all you have to say? shame on you!!! shame on you!! I am a father and age has nothing to do with demanding for a better governance in my country!! https://t.co/AtIFV7ETny— Wizkid (@wizkidayo) October 6, 2020
The war of words between the Presidency and the singer started on October 4, a period of public outcry against the harassment and molestation of Nigerians by some operatives of the Tactical Squad of the Nigeria Police Force, the FSARS in particular.
The call for the total overhauling the Police squads was at a climax and in a quick response, the Inspector General of Police, Abubakar Adamu, had announced a ban on some activities of the Squads. READ IG ADAMU directives here……
Wizkid’s earlier reaction to the president was to draw his attention to the raging trending issue.