Eedris Abdulkareem, Nigerian singer, has hit back at Festus Keyamo, minister of state for labour and employment, for claiming that he once begged to support the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
The drama started after the musician — in a recently released song — accused the minister of ditching his characteristic activism since he joined the present government.
Keyamo, however, fired back in a Twitter thread on Saturday, alleging that Abdulkareem’s action was informed by the fact that he rejected the singer’s request to join Buhari’s media team in 2018.
In the post, the minister also narrated how the musician begged him for money and pleaded for help to “get into the system.”
But reacting on Sunday, Abdulkareem said the minister’s reaction was evidence that he has indeed joined a “cabal” under the Buhari-led government.
The musician said it was unfortunate that the minister would share personal conversation between the pair about three years ago publicly despite all he also did for him in the past.
He recalled how he stood by Keyamo when he was imprisoned alongside other comrades during the administration of Olusegun Obasanjo, former president.
The musician said his resolve to seek help from the minister in 2018 when his mother was sick was due to the long-standing friendship between them at the time.
“Did Festus Keyamo join the cabal or not? When he was in prison, I stood by him, I fought Obasanjo on behalf of all the comrades in prison, I released Jaga Jaga,” he wrote.
“When my mother was dying, I reached out to a brother, or one I thought was a brother and a comrade. Could he have helped? Yes. Did he help? No…such was the wickedness of his heart that he munched and kept personal details for three years…real hallmark of a blackmailer!
“In 2018, I still thought the man was a comrade. Thought he could effect change in the government he served. Then he joined the cabal, he became inner caucus and held the steering wheel spiralling Nigeria into doom.
He joined to crush the revolution of the youths, he joined the cabal. The cabal which mowed down our youths at Lekki toll gate.
“With a vexed spirit, I went again to the studio for ‘Jaga Jaga Reloaded’ and the blackmailer went to town. The cabal is awoken. The cabal is hit. The cabal is in pain. The cabal is failing. The cabal will fall.”
Abdulkareem said the song he recorded in 2018 was meant to address Obasanjo’s ceaseless letters to the country’s leaders when he himself contributed to the present challenges confronting Nigeria.
“The blackmailer said I recorded a song for Buhari. The said song is titled : ‘Obasanjo Write Buhari Letter‘. Here is the link to that song, listen and you will phantom the deviousness and dubiousness of the evil SAN (Senior Advocate Blackmailer of Nigeria) called Festus Keyamo,” he added.
“Issues raised on ‘Jaga Jaga Reloaded’ are facts. Nigeria never had it so bad. The ‘Jaga Jaga’ has taken a gargantuan dimension. We must keep asking questions. We must ask the cabal questions.
“Festus Keyamo don join the cabal. He is in pains because his next ambition is to be governor of Delta state. Perhaps to localise grand looting, terrorism, murdering and raping of our citizens, kidnapping, which his cabal have romanticised and packaged as banditry, and sundry other mis-governance. This is why Jaga Jaga ti get e! Festus Keyamo na cabal.”
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