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Presidential aspirant Olasubomi Okeowo reacts to Backlash over Comments on Black People not “wired” to Produce

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Presidential aspirant Olasubomi Okeowo has been under fire since Sunday over a comment he made on talk show “On The Couch Naija with Falz & Laila”. (Watch the full interview HERE).

When asked what he’d do to ensure Nigeria goes from being a consumption country to a producing one, he said:

What can we possibly produce? Basically, there’s nothing we can produce, we are black people. I’m sorry to say that; we’re not wired that way.

He went on to say there’s no way Falz, if given $100,000 will be able to produce the glasses he’s wearing. “Your brain can’t comprehend it,” he says.

Watch below:

Reacting to the backlash that came with his declaration, Okeowo posted screenshots of Instagram using supporting his statement and said:

Maybe we should see things from another perspective. As much as I and my campaign team have not called any Nigerian unproductive or say that the black man cannot produce anything, myself have only said invariably we should focus on our strength and come together as a people to resolve our needs. If anyone is angered, let them turn the anger into productivity and show us all it can be done. As much as I don’t lay claim to know it all, I will Honorably stand down to allow a more qualified candidate go for the post. I regret any speech that may sound derogatory and want to use this opportunity to wish Nigeria and Nigerians well.

Never will I look down on my people as unproductive. But I have felt the pains of Nigerians youth now and I felt their pulses also. Now that I know what we need to do, I and my team will swing into action to focus our energy on production. Long live Nigeria

Photo Credit: @okeowoolasubomidesmond

17 Comments

  1. VIKY

    August 20, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    DIS IS A CASE OF WEN ONE’S VILLAGE PLP RE SITTING ON UR CASE ON A VERY SERIOUS NOTE

  2. Baybie

    August 20, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Wait, what?!

    • Bie

      August 20, 2018 at 8:26 pm

      Nothing to comment about, it not about feminism. If it was the comment section could have been lit. Please bella give us more feminism related post, the controversial ones please.

  3. Rolayo

    August 20, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Please ignore this aspirant, he is trying to pull off a Donald Trump on Nigerians: make brash and bizarre statements in order to get free press. Not sure it can ever work in modern day Nigeria, even if you get the publicity, not all publicity is good in Nigeria.

  4. Emmmanuel

    August 20, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    A new script for the entertainment industry, comedians. Few weeks time he would be the next Patience Goodluck.

  5. Anonymous

    August 20, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    Go to Allen down to Opebi and see for yourself,from Lekki phase 1 to ShopRite Novate, give them £500k na still clothes, lighting, China furniture and restaurant dem to invest in. People do lot of stuff from their garages abroad without going to University. Many of the business abroad started from the shed at their back yard and without degrees and internationa degrees still span 50yrs and more. If you don see any building without a ” but” or built by a foreign company abeg call me. If no be tile problem na wiring abi water pressure abi leak causing mold. If you don see garrison without dirt, or beans without weavil in Naina call me, don’t wanna go into market stuff. Trust you catch the drift..

    • Dayo

      August 24, 2018 at 7:11 am

      @Anonymous, abegi go to Aba (and many of those folks do not have degrees either) or even Nnewi. But since we are admitting our “unproductivity” perhaps we should let the Biafrans go.

  6. Anonymous

    August 20, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    *garri* Naija*

  7. by_stander

    August 20, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    first i did was look up his educational background

    it says “he proceeded to study Law at the prestigious University of London”

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

    • Shut up!

      August 21, 2018 at 12:43 am

      Shut the hell up!! Stop being a nuisance….. Like right now!!! Saraki is a medical doctor, Buhari is a military man,Dansuki was a colonel in the military, Abacha was neither a lawyer or accountant, People are corrupt! It has nothing to do with law or accounting!

    • Californiabawlar

      August 21, 2018 at 5:42 pm

      Errr I think the op was laughing at the vague “…very prestigious university” part. Calm down?

    • by_stander

      August 21, 2018 at 7:04 pm

      Buhhahahahahahahahaha

      why sooo mad?

      Right now we’re being held back by Lawyers and Accountants.

      The medical doctor maybe aware of the problem, which he wants to use to his advantage, he knows the problems are in the bad laws and policies that infringe on the inalienable rights of human beings.

      A true military man is a million times better than a Police, Lawyer or Accountant. They have practical skill sets in warcraft which is based in science, in fact they’re called skilled war fighters. A military man is willing to trade his right to life for that of his people to secure their inalienable rights. When an officer of the Army uses his skills against his people, he is court martialed immediately by the Army.

      Your accountants are monopolies on elementary school addition and subtraction,

      lawyers are suppose to be “logical” beings, they are suppose to uphold the balance of justice which should be in favour of inalienable rights of human beings.

      But here we are today, in a N20k minimum wage society where the laws favour the monopoly of Lawyers and Accountants to infringe on the inalienable rights of human beings and this “prestigiously” educated law graduate (because they will come and say he is not a lawyer now) has spoken his mind.

      If he is an odd ball, why hasn’t your law guild published or called out all the laws they know that infringes on the inalienable rights of humans beings and the names of the people that wrote them and the lawyers that had oversight on them?

      Especially the ones known to infringe on economic liberty and right to earn a living in favour of Lawyers and Accountant, since black people will be able to create/make if their inalienable rights were not being infringed upon ?

      at least when ebola came out medical people spoke out – why are your own people keeping quiet now? or is it that you don’t have the same sense of duty? especially in regards a problem you created?

    • Dayo

      August 24, 2018 at 7:14 am

      @Shut up! LOL! Abegi remind him that Nelson Mandela was a lawyer…

    • by_stander

      August 25, 2018 at 11:28 pm

      You don’t even know the irony in your comment.

      HINT: If every profession created the same sort of “man-made” problems and on the same scale we would have a Mandela in very profession.

      Nelson Mandela did not stand out for finding a cure to a disease. Lawyers are only superstars when they try to fix the problems their profession created in the first place.

      Nelson Mandela was lucky to have had his eye opened in his early years when he faced Racism as the only black law student in his school – his association with liberal minded people may have also paved his path.

      Now in the context of your N20k minimum wage society, what are the triggers or safe guards that stop lawyers and accountants from infringing on our inalienable rights?

  8. keke driver

    August 21, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    He already lost the election.

  9. Californiabawlar

    August 21, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    This guy is a dummy…
    1. Aba made goods have been a thing since forever.
    2. Black people are part of teams creating products world over.

    This guy is a dummy…

  10. Anon D T Sayer

    August 24, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    THis is guy, excuse my “French” is an absolute idiot!!!
    He speaks about his own deficiencies and shows his ignorance. He shouldn’t even have a job, let alone be considered for any public office.

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