Timi Dakolo, the Nigerian singer, has come under fire for performing at the presidential declaration of Atiku Abubakar, former vice-president.
Atiku officially declared his intention to contest in the 2023 presidential election at the international conference centre (ICC) in Abuja on Wednesday.
At the event, Dakolo thrilled guests with a colourful performance of ‘Great Nation’, his hit song.
The former vice-president also took to his Twitter page to share a video clip of the musician’s performance.
“The unity song by @timidakolo. One people. One future. One country. #OneNigeria #AtikuDeclaration,” he wrote in a terse post accompanying the video.
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) March 23, 2022Advertisement
Dakolo’s performance at Atiku’s presidential declaration has provoked a chorus of condemnation among some Nigerians on social media platforms, especially Twitter.
While majority of users tackled him for attending the event despite his critical stance on the political happenings in the country, others, however, argued that he did nothing wrong.
Here are what some Nigerians had to say:
The way the usual cancellation experts have refused to cancel Timi Dakolo for singing at Atiku's declaration underlines their loud hypocrisy. Maintain the standard. He is a singer who was paid to sing, and that’s fine. If the reverse was the case they will bully and cancel Timi.
— Michael 𓃵 (@MichaelOkwegba) March 23, 2022
Many of us criticising or condemning Timi Dakolo still don't have our PVC. Gone are the days we allow celebrities & public figures influence us during elections.
Make them go collect the money, make we sef go collect our PVC.
— Raymond Oluwajuwon (@juwonray) March 23, 2022
If Timi Dakolo was paid to sing anywhere…. I don't see any problem there. He is a musician, that is what he survives on. If he wasn't paid, it is still his choice.Advertisement
— Mr Kermit (@O_ssai) March 23, 2022
I don’t see the problem with Timi Dakolo singing at Atiku’s Presidential declaration, he’s a celebrity and he’s doing his work.
Only becomes a problem if a celebrity has constantly been dragging a politician and eventually sings or campaign for him, then that’s hypocrisy.
— OTUNBA 🇨🇦 (@ManLikeIcey) March 23, 2022
@timidakolo is hungry and needs food, don't drag him please
— Souljah (@jeffphilips1) March 23, 2022
If you don't have any problem with Timi Dakolo performing for Atiku, don't come here tomorrow and rant on the TL if another musician is performing at Tinubu occasion, not like PDP & APC are in any way better than each other, it was their collective effort that put us in this mess
— OMOTAYO Of Lagos 💥 (@Tee_Classiquem1) March 23, 2022
Timi DAKOLO sings at ATIKU declaration. D sickle cell anemia and yahooyahoo pastor omokirikiri remains mute. D dwarf RINU sees nothing bad but just TARIBO prayer for TINUBU, their entire pants were messed with igbe olomi on SUNDAY!! E ni kure ooo!!!! pic.twitter.com/VLKSGeO5Af
— MamaTee (@mamatee001) March 23, 2022
It's such a good thing that Timi Dakolo sang at the Atiku's declaration and everywhere is peaceful.
The day another major Nigerian artiste will perform for an APC candidate and you people will make noise here, we will be here to staple your mouth together.
— Bámidélé Chris (@Chrisbamidele) March 23, 2022
Timi Dakolo Is From Bayelsa State,
A State With Too Much Oil And Their Allocation Is 50% Higher Than That Of Lagos,
Timi Dakolo Found His Fame In Lagos,
Timi Dakolo Became Made By Nigerians,
Timi Dakolo Swims With PDP Politicians,
But His State Is Still In Trenches!!! pic.twitter.com/dHJPaW1jcF
— Proud Nigerian. (@ProudNaijaGuy) March 23, 2022
#AtikuDeclaration : If we were in a sane country, the likes of Atiku and Tinubu should be cooling their feet off in prison, not "declaring". While persons like Timi Dakolo supporting this madness should be housed at the nearest psychiatric home. #WeCantContinueLikeThis
— JuwonSanyaolu (@AyowoleSanyaolu) March 23, 2022
Timi Dakolo supporting Atiku Abubakar tells you the hypocrisy of Nigerians demanding good governance while dinning with the politicians. Hussle oooh https://t.co/0k2ha6J2k9
— Michel_B:9 (@Michel_Kar0) March 23, 2022
Guys, The hunger and hustle is real. If enlightened musicians like Timi Dakolo as well as the likes of Okocha, Kanu, and the rest of the ex Super hungry stars can bow to their bellies, then what have we to expect from those living below a dollar? #WeCantContinueLikeThis
— JuwonSanyaolu (@AyowoleSanyaolu) March 23, 2022
Timi Dakolo will not be cancelled because he performed at a PDP related gig. If it was for an APC candidate online thugs would have started abusing his entire family. Awon Alabosi Onisonu.
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) March 23, 2022
I dont see anyone cancelling Timi Dakolo here. No insult no curse.
Same children of anger were all insulting Kanu and Okocha the other day when the visited Tinubu.
Shameless Hypocrites https://t.co/5WRorj5TiR
— #AsiwajuOfEkiti (@AsiwajuOladimej) March 23, 2022
Timi Dakolo is a singer and he just did his job by singing at Atiku’s presidential declaration.
Taribo West is a pastor and he just did his job of praying when they visited Tinubu.
Don’t support one and criticize the other, they both left with brown envelopes.
— SportsDokita (Odogwu☝️) (@Sports_Doctor2) March 23, 2022
Taomaa didn't do a skit to endorse Vice President Osinbajo but was dragged here on Twitter and made to apologise for committing no known offence. Timi Dakolo can be pardoned for doing a song endorsing former Vice President Atiku. If Dakolo committed no offence, what was Tao's?
— El Commandante® (@MrLekanAdigun) March 23, 2022
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