Brymo, the singer, is at the receiving end of a heated Twitter backlash over his comment about the prospect of a president of Igbo extraction.


On December 31, the singer went on a tweeting spree while speaking on Twitter spaces.

Brymo had endorsed Bola Tinubu, the 2023 presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Engaging with fans about his stance, he argued to one critic that it is “safer” and “prudent” to have the Igbo try out the vice presidential seat first.


A fan had replied to one of his tweets by arguing in favour of Peter Obi, the candidate of the Labour Party (LP).

“Personally, I know [Peter Obi] is the best suited for Nigeria. In the same vein, I know you’re a very intelligent artiste and I love your work. So I’ll respect your choice and not project my decisions onto you,” the fan wrote.

Retorting, Brymo tweeted: “Don’t respect my intelligence or choices. You are trying to not accept resolve. Argue more, then, please. It is not prudent to elect him yet.

“He may have to vividly organise his home-front to lead the rest of us. An Igbo VP first maybe to test the waters with the region is safer!”


On Thursday, the tweet resurfaced across Twitter, with many Nigerians airing their mixed opinions.

Wading in, one Twitter user wrote: “If Brymo thinks my tribe is unfit to be the president or should be tested first, why should I buy his music or even mention his name where people would applaud him?

“Nah. That’s an enemy right there and you don’t show enemies love!”

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Earlier, Brymo had criticised Chimamanda Adichie, the author, for accepting a chieftaincy title while refusing a national award.

He argued that her decision hurts the chances of Obi, who is of Igbo extraction, winning the election in 2023.

Nigeria’s three-year civil war of the late 1960s and the persisting influence of secessionist groups in the southeast has long fueled sentiments in the country’s politics about the struggle to achieve a president of Igbo extraction.

In 2022, Pete Edochie said it is disheartening that power has not returned to the Igbos since the military era.

The actor further stated that secessionist talks in the southeast don’t justify politically marginalising the Igbo.

“Only once in Nigeria’s history has it emerged that an Igbo person became the head of state,” he had argued.

“That was Aguiyi Ironsi during the military government and his headship was short-lived. Since then, the north and the Yoruba have been sharing power between themselves, apart from Goodluck Jonathan who isn’t even Igbo.”

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