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The Minister of State for Labour and Employment and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Festus Keyamo on social media explained how Nigerian hip hop legend Eedris Abdukareem begged him to join Buhari's re-election campaign wagon back in 2018.

According to Keyamo, Eedris released a revamped version of his 2004 controversial song 'Jagajaga' now titled 'Jagajaga reloaded' to spite him for not allowing him into the "system". 

Keyamo words; "Eedris Abdulkareem just released a song, ‘Jaga Jaga reloaded’, where he waxed the following lyrics, “where Festus Keyamo sef? He don dey chop with cabal o”. I laughed out so loud and even danced to the rhythm too. But there’s a small story behind this poor attempt at blackmail" 

In 2018, the hip hop artist had sent series of messages to Keyamo to help link him with Malami AGF and Amaechi to present to them an election campaign PR song he made for Buhari but unfortunately, things did not go as planned.

Keyomo giving in details what led to the "blackmail" with screenshots of messages he got from Eedris, Keyamo said; "In 2018, when I was named the Director of Strategic Communications for Buhari Campaign Organisation Eedris waxed a song in support of Buhari & wanted to join us, albeit for a fee. He then made desperate efforts to see me through text messages from his phone no. 07019691772" 

After listening to the song Keyamo turned him down claimed Eedris switched from trying to join the campaign to begging for a loan which is a total sum of N4.3 million to pay for his 2 months accommodation expenses in Abuja and his mother's health bills in Lagos.

"When I finally met with him, I listened to the songs but told him I had no budget for such or any for that matter. I explained that my job was voluntary. It was the same thing I told so many other so-called activists-by-day-and-hustlers-at-night who secretly approached me

"He then switched to the fact that he wanted a loan to pay for his hotel bills to the tune of N1.3 m & to cater for his ‘sick mum’. That was already running into more than N3m. However, one govt functionary called me to say he told him another story that his child was sick. 

"He begged me to introduce him to Malami (AGF), Amaechi & the SGF and to paint a good ‘PR’ for him. He pledged that he was with us in the campaign with his whole ‘body and soul’. But at this point, I knew he was a desperate hustler who could embarrass me, so I ghosted him."

Keyamo also added, giving the fact that Eedris could not make it into Buhari's campaign team led to his desperate move to join Atiku's campaign team thereby tagging Buhari a "fraudster" as he endorsed Atiku. 

"Shortly after this episode when he could not penetrate the system to get the money he so desperately wanted, he then endorsed Atiku and called Buhari a ‘fraudster’. But we decided to ignore his weak voice of opposition" 

Keyamo claimed Eedris has made him his excuse for his failure and using every opportunity he gets to paint him black calling him 'chopping.'

"After our victory, he went berserk and joined every protest against the same Buhari whom he wanted to serve with his whole ‘body and soul’, but needed money to do so. He has been mentioning my name specifically on occasions as if I am the cause of all his troubles in life

"Now, the latest is the ‘Jagajaga reloaded’ that he has waxed to vent his frustrations at not getting into the system. His reference to me as ‘chopping’ reminds me of the gaffe of then Minister Sunday Afolabi who infamously said Bola Ige was invited to Govt to ‘come and chop’!

"I wish to assure Eedris and any who think being in Govt is tantamount to ‘chopping’, that for some of us (I can’t speak for others) it is just an honour to serve our country and an attempt to move from armchair criticism to a real participant in order to make a difference.

"Finally, we can all sit back and enjoy the ‘Jagajaga reloaded’. One of the objectives of the song is to call me out since I ghosted him for attempted extortion - he has now succeeded. Another objective is to help promote the song by my reaction - that he has also achieved! 

Below are picture collages of Eedris text messages to Festus Keyamo



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