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“I was never in the company of collecting free money” – Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde on Reactions to Tweet Criticising Buhari & Osinbajo



In a tweet on Sunday, veteran Nollywood actress Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde called out President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, saying Nigeria is hellish, no money in circulation, and the extrajudicial killings by law enforcement officers

“The Country Under your watch is Hellish! @ProfOsinbajo @MBuhari @NGRPresident The lack of Money in circulation,Now coupled with the Continuous Assault n Killings by Uniformed men’ll make this Country implode!!!It’s Unbearable! Do something!Insecurity!Fear n Desperation everywhere,” she wrote.

Responding, Bashir Ahmad, Buhari’s Personal Assistant on New Media said: “Madam Omotola those who are working for CLEAN money are not complaining and will never refer our dear country as ‘hellish’. In Kano State alone, from 2015 to 2018, no fewer than 200 medium and small scale rice milling centres emerged. For that, billions circulated among millions.”

Omotola then responded: “As long as you’re not insinuating that I am not working CLEAN for my money… I hear you. Its good that there are some progress… Do you truly want to say you dont see all that’s really wrong? Can we fight for our future in truth for once? Without being partisan?”

Bashir then said: “There are problems, and some have been with us since 1950s. Yes, I am partisan and I replied you because you mentioned @MBuhari and @ProfOsinbajo’s govt which I am working in. We as Nigerians, can you honestly say we are all acting like we have problems? Do we really pay taxes?”

While responding to another tweet insinuating that she may have received “free money” before the Buhari government, Omotola said:

Lol, Apart from the FACT that I do not and was NEVER in the company of collecting free money? It’s sad that you think “circulation of Money in a Nation” means free money. Speaks clearly of your orientation and level of education/understanding. It’s okay dear, business? I’m good.


  1. Sisieko

    April 16, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    I like Bashir Ahmad’s response to Omotola. Everyone like to talk, talk and talk, about how bad Nigeria is, talk is cheap. My question is this, do these Nigerian Actors and Actresses, and high flying musicians carrying loads of money home pay taxes? How are they taxed to assist the common Nigeria and help the country’s dwindling infrastructure (even establish new ones)? The Nigerian government should start looking at ways to tax these high earning entertainers and entertainment industry, so at least, they can put their money where their mouth and “show off” is.

  2. Tee

    April 16, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    I am sad reading your response am sure you speak the voice of many.

    Its my first time responding on a post,
    innocent people are dying every day due to trigger happy SARS officials, genocide in Zamfara state and other states which we dont even know of, people dying in numbers.

    Your president, not mine because I didnt vote him in power, does absolutely nothing, “remember during the elections, how many times he addressed the nation?”

    the clueless senate, does nothing about it, it doesnt affect their children they have all been relocated overseas and their resources, secured, why bothed?

    Suicidal rate/depression has sky rocketed, SMEs going into decline and slowly winding down.

    You come here to talk about taxes, the taxes that have already been paid by large corporations, SMEs, citizens, what have we done with the money? Squandered it and they have used it to save generations unborn.


    We better wake up, stay woke! This country is going down faster than we want to accept reality.

    A revolution is coming, I pray we dont pay with our dear lives for being complacent.

    God bless Nigeria

  3. Pat Ebitu ukiwe.

    April 17, 2019 at 9:54 am

    That’s the problem with Nigeria a d Nigerians. You attack somebody who is speaking out for the truth, and you bring sentiments. The tax that you have paid, in what way has it made peoples life better. Other than to end up in the pockets of the powers brokers, who starch it up for the generation yet unborn. You people font know when you are being disrespected. It is a country that says thank you when you are given something that is your legal right.


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