Word attacks: Wizikid replies to Onochie


Singer, Wizkid (real name, Ayo Balogun), and Lauretta Onochie, special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari have taken to the social media to trade words via their tweeter accounts. Both are at each other’s throat over Wizkid’s call on President Muhammadu Buhari to face the problems bedeviling Nigeria and not engage in time-wasting get-well message to the United State president, Donald Trump.

It all started
on Sunday after the ‘Ojuelegba’ crooner lampooned Buhari for wishing Donald Trump a “quick recovery from COVID-19” amid the security tension in Nigeria.

Wizkid had taken to his Twitter page to vent his anger with the president, describing him as an “old man” who should be paying attention to issues in the country rather than in the United States.

He was speaking against the backdrop of renewed agitations against the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) after a video showing a man allegedly gunned down in Delta State by operatives of the police unit went viral.

In her reaction Tuesday night, Onochie described the ‘Fever’ crooner as a “dumbkid”, who exhibited crass ignorance and childishness in the way he addressed the president.

Said she: “It’s 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”.

In an abrupt reply, Wizkid lashed out at Onochie for making such utterance about age, saying she should be “ashamed of herself.”

The singer also expressed surprise that the media aide would resort into name-calling when he was only demanding for a better governance in his country.

Wrote Wizkid: “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!!”

Due to the public outcry, Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police (IGP), had banned SARS from undertaking routine patrols and search duties.

Celebrities also called for protest using the ‘EndSARS’ hashtag, with Runtown volunteering to lead a march against police brutality at the Lekki toll gate on October 8.

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