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“I Was Never in the Company of Collecting Free Money” – Nigeria’s Omotola Reacts to Tweet Criticising President Buhari’s Government


On Sunday in  a tweet, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde a veteran Nollywood actress, called out  to President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, describing the state of the Nation as hellish, with no money in circulation, coupled with the incessant extrajudicial killings by law enforcement officers. Thus in Omotola’s words,

“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?”

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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.

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