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PA to the President on New Media, Bashir Ahmad Pulls out of New Media and Governance Conference Due to Statements made about Bobrisky’s Attendance

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Bashir Ahmad

Personal Assistant to the President on Media, Bashir Ahmad, has confirmed that he will not be speaking at a New Media and Governance Conference, the same conference that Idris Okuneye aka Bobrisky was scheduled to speak.

He had earlier alluded to his non-attendance when a twitter user begged him not to attend the Conference.

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Via an official statement, Bashir says he will not be available for the event and has thanked them for the kind invitation.

The Press Release says:

I have received several messages and calls from friends, tweeps and even colleagues in the media on my attendance at the NMGC Conference.

Most commending me for ‘rejecting to share the same podium with Mr Idris Okuneye popularly known as Bobrisky’; others decrying my non-attendance.

Indeed, I will not be attending the NMGC Conference tomorrow, and have since communicated that to the organizers.

I thanked them for the kind invitation and they also respected the fact that I would be unavailable for the event.

You may contact the NMGC organizers for more details.

Thank you

One of the personalities that was also supposed to speak at the event is Subomi Plumptre of Alder Consulting pulled out yesterday as they said “The inclusion of Bobrisky Sensationalises & Radicalises the Discourse”.

Photo Credit: Twitter/Bashir Ahmad

35 Comments

  1. Valentina

    October 27, 2016 at 9:23 am

    God bless you Bashir, wat Rubbish. Jokers.

    • ogeAdiro

      October 27, 2016 at 2:31 pm

      Questions because I’m assuming that you’re Christian. Didn’t Jesus come for everyone? Did he come just for the righteous? Did he exclude sinners? Shouldn’t you be a fisher of men? If you find yourself struggling in the face of temptation, shouldn’t you be asking your God for more grace and not turning morality police?
      The brand argument I can understand, because I believe everyone has a right to associate or not associate with whomever. But we need to remember that part of being civilized is the ability to share a stage with someone we disagree with or disapprove of without throwing punches. And if we only associated with people like us then how would we grow?

    • Marlvina

      October 27, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      Apparently, Bobrisky would be the only speaker of the event. Who’s pulling out next?? Lol

    • Mujer

      October 27, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      I get embarrassed when I read comments by our Nigerian compadres. Where in his note does he say that it is because of Bobrisky’s supposed gay personality that he is not going to be able to attend? Same for the actions taken by Adler consulting rep – Subomi. Where in the Adler note did they state that they were pulling out because Bobrisky is gay? Are you guys aware of the fact that the past one week or so, Bobrisky has been promoting a vice – prostitution aka sex for money, via his social media handle? Look, we all have to decide who we appear together with. And we are entitled to that decision. They both have decided they will not be on that stage. That is their prerogative. In fact, the note from Adler suggests that due process for booking them included consideration of other speakers who were invited. The contract to participate was therefore contingent on upholding that agreement. The organizers broke the agreement and demonstrated a predisposition for juvenile antics when they sprung a last minute change on the agenda. If we can access their internal deliberations, I am certain they intentionally withheld Bobrisky’s name from the initial list of speakers because they would not have been able to secure speakers of good repute. I have served as an adviser to 3 leaders of organizations in foreign countries, one of them political. Every panel is vetted extensively because image is clout and money for the organization. Who you sit with determines where next you will be invited. WE may not like it but that is life at the top. Otedola, Dangote, Buhari, Clinton, Hilary, Obama, the QUeen of England, smaller caliber execs, up and coming execs and politicians, etc will not show up on a panel without extensive vetting of who is going to show up next to them and even, what those people are going to say. These things are highly scripted. Be not deceived. Let me go and rest abeg. Naijans can rev up a storm from nothing.

    • Engoz

      October 27, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      Thank you Mujer. Nigeria is a country where contracts are not binding. So I am not surprised at the sentimental analysis of this issue. Nigeria is a society where company policy are not adhered to, so I’m certainly not surprised. The speakers even got to know of the changes via Twitter. You dare not pull such stunts in respectable co-operations. But this is Nigeria we are talking about where anything goes. The organizers obviously did not have any respect for the speakers. Some are arguing on the premise Bobrisky can change from his ‘bad’ ways by participating in the event? Like who freaking cares? Is this a morality show or a secular discussion panel? If you are interested in his redemption, invite him to your church to speak on a panel. So far they are the only ones who have insinuated Bobrisky as imperfect. Majority Nigerians are homophobes, so I’m not deceived by all these pseudo-empathy for Bob. The only thing I believe Alder could have done away with was bringing up Bobrisky’s name in the statement. They should have made it abstract.

  2. He should be fired

    October 27, 2016 at 9:34 am

    My friend you should be fired.

    Who comes to a pannel doesnt matter, you talk your own and leave.
    The other day that Buhari hosted youths and allowed them blab, why didnt he decline?
    Why cant Trump and clinton decline debates on the premise that one is a mad dog?

    So now Bashir, because that girl Firdausi talked to you using Allah, you said “you will do for her”

    Why were you appointed to that position?

    Funy enough, you are PA to the President on Media and i have never heard about you while Bobrisky is known on Social Media. What does that tell you?

    If you were never appointed, no one would have heard your name for life. You climbed up bcos Buhari assisted you, WHILE Bobrisky did all by himself without the help of anyone.

    His hustle/hardwork paid off while many of you are just privileged using our common funds

    • Laila

      October 27, 2016 at 10:03 am

      This incident has proved something true…liberals are are only liberal when you agree with them, but once you disagree with them,the ugliness they show is unbelieveable. I cant believe some of the comments people made about Subomi “she’s unmarried at 40” (Is that a yab?), “she’s arrogant…” “Everyone has a dirty secret” (NO perv, some people actually live decent lives)..bla..bla. Bobrisky has a brand, Subomi has a brand, Bashi Ahmad has also made a stand. They have decided they do not want to be associated the filth Bobrisky promotes. Just like Beyonce doesnt want to be associated with Kim K. Its their prerogative, Bobrisky can also decide he want to be associated with them. A (wo)man is allowed to say No. Y’all should be thankful Bobrisky’s ass isnt hauled to jail when he visits Abuja ( section 405 of the penal code gives them the power to that).

    • Lo

      October 27, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      So well said!!! Thank you Laila.

    • Seriously

      October 27, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      “You are a PA to the president, no one has heard about you bobrisky is know on social media”, that’s the problem with this generation, it’s quite pathetic. Anybody can be known on social media, it’s so easy. Just do crazy things, show your ass, boobs, whatever to get attention. It doesn’t take much to be popular, famous these days. So what exactly will Bobrisky talk about? Okay, Bashir Ahmad is being unprofessional and hypocritical because many of these northern men are gay and are the bae Bobrisky talks about.
      However, what is this generation turning into where anything goes and is celebrated.
      Just like America, we make reality/sensation stars popular then complain about them being in our faces and doing too much.

    • Engoz

      October 27, 2016 at 5:35 pm

      You can see that their anger is very misplaced. Don’t take them seriously.

  3. A Real Nigerian

    October 27, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Stupid Nigerians. They won’t boycott dinners and events hosted by corrupt politicians and business owners who have continuously messed up the country, but will continue to throw tantrums for things that don’t matter. I bet if some corrupt, bloated loser like GEJ, Odili or Amaechi was going to be present at the event, nobody would care.
    Who is this Bobrisky guy even? Did he kill someone?
    Black people always amaze me with their hypocritical moralism and misplaced priorities.

    • fake nigerian

      October 27, 2016 at 11:02 am

      he desnt want to be with a gay guy,is it by force? he wants to raise his kids right idiot. go and drag him to go nah.

    • Muyiwa

      October 27, 2016 at 11:42 am

      Why the stupid Nigerians? You could have just insulted only the fellow and not rope everybody in.

    • A Real Nigerian

      October 27, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      Nigeria is a country where the people sell their votes for a little bit of money and direct more aggression at homosexuals than elected officials who continue to oppress and enslave them. If that doesn’t tell you about the stupidity that plagues an overwhelming amount of the citizens, I don’t know what will.

    • Anon

      October 27, 2016 at 6:47 pm

      A Real Nigerian – your comments are similar to Kemi Olunloyo’s comments. Always against the grain. You commented about not having a family and all your other comments are similar to hers. Denials are welcome.

  4. Mr. Egghead

    October 27, 2016 at 9:51 am

    What a joker!

    He can’t attend a conference on New Media because of a new media sensation – Bobrisky, However he will gladly kiss the balls of the Emir of Katsina – a confirmed child-banger – and still raise his hand as a supporter of girls’ rights.

    He should stick to churning out ‘tweeps’ for the people in Abuja. Bashir was a New Media lightweight before he was invited to ‘come-and-chop’ by a man who has 4 advisers on media but only one adviser on the economy

    On the last day, hypocrites will have their very own ‘treatment’ centre.

    • bree

      October 27, 2016 at 10:07 am

      i dont know you Mr Egghead, but i like you a lot, most times you write here, you are just lit. Thank you for making common sense.

    • Mr. Egghead

      October 27, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      ?

  5. Mahka

    October 27, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Boborisky should do the show alone; I bet it ‘ll still be a hit with all these free awareness…the other guests seems so stuck up, the discussion is about SM, it’s supposed to be light, fun n obnoxious.
    I don’t know boborisky neither do I subscribe to his kind of ‘non sense’, dude is a classic joke n like Caitlyn Jenner he too will pass away, just a matter of time.

    • Dentale

      October 27, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      Lol so Caitlyn has passed away? 😀 😀 😀 Tsk Tsk… Life as a woman isn’t going so well for shim

  6. ola

    October 27, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Who knows if something that will help this nation might come out of that conference if all of them had attended.

    • bunny

      October 27, 2016 at 11:04 am

      let this nation fall, we wont accept gay here.. we wont.

  7. Olori

    October 27, 2016 at 10:54 am

    This is disgusting to say the least. Small minded people abound. Did he kill someone? The best treasures in life come from the unlikely places. Did he steal anybody’s money? Did he marry an 11 yr old or use the country’s money to fund wedding? Self Righteous people with hidden closets full of skeletons worse than what Bobrisky shows us. We have our priorities displaced. I’m so upset by the immense hypocrisy. Subomi and Bashir, tueh! And to the others binding and casting him, you shall see what part of the divide you end up in after earth.

  8. A-anon

    October 27, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Missed place priorities!

  9. GY Online NG

    October 27, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Hmmmmmm, this discrimination is too much oooooo…

  10. Ayo

    October 27, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Ya’ll are p()$$ay for backing out.. Like ordinary Bobrisky gives you a run for ur dear life?

  11. ho

    October 27, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    This same people will fly yinusa(ESE oruru rapist) in a private jet,defend him,same idiots that banned rayhama

  12. Atoke

    October 27, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    This is how it starts, from speaking at conferences to getting into politics to corruption. Please I am not excusing the recklessness of our perverse and corrupt leaders and the damage they keep doing on daily basis to this God-given Nation, but how long shall we as youths and future generation of this country continue to accept perversion?. As long as it does not affect us?. We sit behind our computers encouraging and accepting wrong as right, supporting perversion and giving it a VOICE, What a PASSIVE generation.

    Just because we do not agree with our leaders and the way things are currently run does not mean we should keep birthing and nursing this kind of oddity. Let us support, where RIGHT is right and WRONG is wrong while keep fighting to bring to restoration what has already been damaged. Looking back In 30 years, what will we say this generation has done for this country?.

    ACT UP OR SPEAK UP.

    • Chukwudi

      October 28, 2016 at 12:37 am

      Is this the same atoke that writes for the blog?

    • Atoke

      Atoke

      October 29, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      No, it’s not!

  13. rain

    October 27, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    He can’t attend a conference on New Media because of a new media sensation – Bobrisky, However he will gladly kiss the balls of the Emir of Katsina – a confirmed child-banger – and still raise his hand as a supporter of girls’ rights.

    He should stick to churning out ‘tweeps’ for the people in Abuja. Bashir was a New Media lightweight before he was invited to ‘come-and-chop’ by a man who has 4 advisers on media but only one adviser on the economy

    On the last day, hypocrites will have their very own ‘treatment’ centre- thank you Mr Egghead

  14. I_I

    October 27, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    LOL. The gay community in Nigeria is really incensed that we won’t have them on a public podium.

  15. tunmi

    October 27, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    but it’s new media….at this point I’m watching this thing just for bobrisky. Bella, won’t you guys attend? In fact, the major and even minor blogs should attend sef.

  16. Nelo

    October 27, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    “You have to stand for something, or stand for nothing”. It is totally okay to decline sharing the podium with Bobrisky. From a business point of view, what does Bobrisky do for a living? what are his values? am i willing to be associated with that as a brand? It is easy to come here and preach about Jesus (I am a Christian mind you) but by attending such an event, that can have a negative impact on your brand equity.

    Bobrisky can borrow a leaf from Kim kardashian’s book and build his content. Currently, he is all about the hype. What exactly is he coming to discuss (even if i can look past his appalling spoken english) He supports sleeping around for money, promotes frivolity, sells bleaching products, etc. Kim kardashian’s claim to fame was from a sextape but she turned things around- is into fashion, cosmetics, a model, brand ambassador, etc. These are concrete things that we can all see.

    As a people we need to stop using religion the way it suits us. From a religiious point of view, these panelists who dropped out are entitled to do so without backlash. There are companies i simply refuse to work for, despite the juicy salaries, because they promote things and lifestyle that are against my personal values.

  17. What is to gain?

    October 28, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Nelo! thanks a lot for you have said it all! Really this is all about personal values. If you attend such a conference what is to learn from it.? To laugh when you hear him speak or what? He isn’t even a comedian!!! I pity this our generation.

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