Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, on Sunday accused Eedris Abdulkareem of Remedies fame of blackmail after failing to extort money from him and from the APC Presidential Campaign team to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
The minister backed his claims with screenshots of text message exchanges between himself and the rapper which he shared in a series of posts on his verified social media handles.
Problem started when Eedris released a song “Jaga Jaga’ Reloaded” on Tueday. This s a remix of his 2004 hit “Jaga Jaga”, a song he featured Mr. Raw & Madarocker.
The song focused on Police brutality, worsening conditions in Nigeria and also the infamous Lekki killings of October 10, 2020.
“Jaga Jaga Reloaded” serves as a follow-up to his recent single titled, “Country Hard’.
At the end of the song, he called out Keyamo in the track accusing him of corruption.
The line that irked the Minister was, “Where Festus Keyamo sef? He don dey chop with cabal o”.
Mr Keyamo, however, described the song as a cheap attempt by Eedris to hit back at him. He said this was because he did not encourage the rapper’s attempt to extort money to support President Buhari.
“Eedris Abdulkareem just released a song, ‘jagajaga reloaded’, where he waxed the following lyrics, “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, 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.
“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-nights 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.”