Bashir Ahmad and Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde have exchanged words on Twitter and this has dominated the conversation on the social media platform and got Nigerians talking.
The war of words originated from Omotola’s criticism of the ‘hellish’ state of affairs under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
“The country under your watch is hellish. The lack of money in circulation now coupled with the continuous assault and killings by uniformed men will make this country implode!” Omotola wrote on Twitter.
This prompted a response from the personal assistant on new media to the President.
“Madam Omotola those who are working for CLEAN money are not complaining and will never refer our dear country as ‘hellish’,” Ahmad replied.
“In Kano State alone, from 2015 to 2018, no fewer than 200 medium and small scale rice milling centres emerged. For that, billions circulated among millions.”
“As long as you’re not insinuating that I am not working CLEAN for my money. I hear you. It’s good that there is some progress,” the award-winning actress responded.
“Do you truly want to say you don’t see all that’s really wrong? Can we fight for our future in truth for once? Without being partisan?”
As long as you're not insinuating that I am not working CLEAN for my money… I hear you. Its good that there are some progress… Do you truly want to say you dont see all that's really wrong? Can we fight for our future in truth for once? Without being partisan?
— Omotola .j. Ekeinde , MFR (@Realomosexy) April 16, 2019
In response to the question, the president’s aide agreed there have always been problems in the country and he is partisan. He only replied because she spoke against a government he works in and quizzed if Nigerians pay taxes.
“There are problems, and some have been with us since the 1950s. Yes, I am partisan and I replied you because you mentioned @MBuhari and @ProfOsinbajo’s govt which I am working in,” said Buhari’s aide.
“We as Nigerians, can you honestly say we are all acting like we have problems? Do we really pay taxes?”
There are problems, and some have been with us since 1950s. Yes, I am partisan and I replied you because you mentioned @MBuhari and @ProfOsinbajo’s govt which I am working in. We as Nigerians, can you honestly say we are all acting like we have problems? Do we really pay taxes? https://t.co/FJasF3pg4i
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) April 16, 2019
Nigerians took to the social media platform to weigh in on the intriguing exchange.
“Omotola alias omosexy. Please get creative, free money will not be there forever. Genevieve Nnaji is taking the World in her stride through her creativity. She’s not complaining. Living a lie is “hellish” Omotola, get creative! No more free lunch!,” a Twitter user said.
“It’s actually sad that you constantly show naivety and lack of touch with reality just because you have a room to your self in the villa. Insinuating that Omotola, one of Nigeria’s most successful filmmakers makes dirty money, even for you is just too much filth for your mouth,” another user said.
Here is what some Nigerians had to say:
Nigerians, fight for them, they'll still drag u, very ungrateful lots.
People are dragging Omotola majorly because she said there's no money in circulation.
Ain't we d poverty capital of d world?
Ain't people struggling?
Is there money in circulation?
Can people pay bills easily?
— His Royal Highness (@Uzz_HRH) April 16, 2019
You people are abusing @Omotola for speaking out. Biko stop it. This woman and her family got nothing to worry about.
Listen to her.
Don't silence her. Her message is valid. Nigeria is sinking.
— Ugonnia (@AustinYugo) April 16, 2019
And can you tell us your life history Mr Clean money. If not for Buhari and his quota system who is @BashirAhmaad when you were wearing nappies Omotola was already swimming in millions from making movies. And what has your clean money done to reduce the Almajiris In Kano? https://t.co/nbJ7b5Vsqm
— Tosin (@Donteewrites) April 16, 2019
It’s actually sad that you constantly show naivety and lack of touch with reality just because you have a room to your self in the villa. Insinuating that Omotola, one of Nigeria’s most successful film makers makes dirty money, even for you is just too much filth for your mouth. https://t.co/y1j1OTzH4Z
— Being Human is not Enough (@realdanielemeka) April 16, 2019
Omotola and many others like her complaining today, were part of the destructive 'sugar ants class' created by the PDP and Jonathan's govt in particular.
Buhari and APC's #change of spending focus, to the poor and for infrastructure has been understandably uncomfortable for them.
— Pa Johnson (@MrPa_Johnson) April 16, 2019
Omotola is wailing and rightfully so.
But if my memory serves me well, she endorsed this same Buhari pre-election.
This Next Level must touch everybody so that we will learn our lesson.
From the North to the South.
Fly that doesnt hear word will follow dead body enter grave
— the Morris Monye factor (@monye_morris) April 16, 2019
Oga Bashir, must u pple praise an erring govt. on sheer falsehood, y dont u kip quiet if i dnt v anytin relevant to say, ur tweet has no bearing on wat Omotola tweeted abt. And ur argument sef on d issue of rice production holds no water. U r a fool Sir.
— Baby Tprime (@AyencoE) April 16, 2019
Almajiri Bashir or what do you call yourself can you please go to goggle and check how much omotola net worth is. For your information she is one of the top 5 female celebrities in Nollywood & net worth N400 million. Let that sink into your myopic brain.
— Tweet of God (@TopsyAshaolu) April 16, 2019
Omotola, what's happening under the government of @MBuhari is wealth redistribution, not the usual "circulation" of "free money." Of course, the rich are crying and you are one of them. There are certain privileges you enjoyed then, but you no longer have access them. Cry less! https://t.co/AldJ3A8Wz7
— Ugochi Jane Trumpet 🇳🇬🇪🇸 (@UgochiJaneTrump) April 15, 2019
So Omotola called out the government on important issues and the same people she spoke up for, the same people who are broke and need help are slamming her?
You think Omotola is a hungry girl?
I will keep saying that the youths of this nation are not ready.
— Stanley eSDee David (@RealNaijaGuy) April 15, 2019
Many nigerians are weirdos, ya'll drag & insult celebrities for not speaking about problems in the country; when these celebrities try to speak up, they end up getting dragged and discredited. Some group of loafers are doing same to Omotola for speaking up, who did this to us?
— Kindly Follow Back (@Naijadailyfeedx) April 15, 2019
Tuface was bullied and insulted.
They are doing same to Omotola now.
Once u criticise the govt, you are a corrupt person who is used to free money under PDP.
— Asiwaju Oladimeji (@AsiwajuOladimej) April 15, 2019
Tell us if you use to pick money from the streets before now
Or are you saying your movies are not selling again? Maybe you should try to make some new movies like Genevieve
As if the President and Vice President removed all the money in circulation.🙊
— CBN Gov Akinsola Ak🇳🇬 (@cbngov_akin1) April 15, 2019
Omotola alias omosexy..please get creative, free money will not be there forever. Genevieve Nnaji is taking the World in her stride through her creativity. …..she's not complaining. Living a lie is "hellish" Omotola, get creative! No more free lunch!
— Steve Osowa (@OsowaSteve) April 15, 2019
Aso Villa Street no dey SAKULATE money again…..
Omotola ti lazzdent las las, won ti get e.
Why she come put mouth for wetin she no sabi on twitter o, make she jus stay on Instangram dey enjoy her fame, she wan SHINE🤣🤣🤣
"The lack of money in circulation" ….Cry in FREE money
— Taiwo_Ajakaye (@dmightyangel) April 15, 2019
Annoying is an understatement. Omotola is very comfortable. I am very sure that if she even needs anything from this govt, she will get it.
But look at the replies to that her post. I was just shaking my head.
Mehn, we are a joke. Some even called her a prostitute.
— Asiwaju Oladimeji (@AsiwajuOladimej) April 15, 2019
Omotola can easily get a VISA out of this country.
Omotola has a husband who is very comfortable.
Omotola has built a name that can open many doors for her.
And some stupid minions are spewing trash because she criticised a govt. that is overseeing a failing country.
— Daniel Iyam✒ (@danieliyam) April 15, 2019
It is a pity myopic minded youths will attack Omotola for speaking Up. Who bewitched Us abeg 😭😭😭😭.
— 🇨🇦Royal-Tea🇳🇬 (@ObajemuJnr10) April 15, 2019
Omotola made reference to various issues bedeviling the country currently but you lots decided to focus on the "money in circulation" part…what happened to her reference to various killings of our youths by d police in d msg ?D evil u fail 2 talk abt might come bk to haunt u..
— Oga Dee💎 (@richieray04) April 15, 2019
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