Keyamo Slams Eedris Abdulkareem for ‘Jagajaga Reloaded,’ Publishes Private Conversations With Musician

Festus Keyamo (SAN), Minister of State for Labour and Jobs, has responded to a new song titled ‘Jagajaga Reloaded’ by singer Eedris Abdulkareem, which called him out.

Keyamo revealed on Twitter that the song is a bad attempt at blackmail.

In his latest album, ‘Jagajaga reloaded,’ Abdulkareem mocked Keyamo, saying, “Where Festus Keyamo sef?” He don’t chop with the cabal, o.”

According to the minister, the musician begged to be a part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Campaign Organization, which he guided in 2018.

He called Abdulkareem’s actions “cheap extortion” after the latter failed to extort him and other top government officials.

“Eedris Abdulkareem recently released a song called ‘Jagajaga Reloaded,’ in which he waxed the following lyrics: “Where Festus Keyamo sef? He don’t chop with the cabal o.”

“I laughed so hard and even danced to the beat. But there’s a backstory to this pathetic attempt at extortion.

“When I was named Director of Strategic Communications for the Buhari Campaign Organization in 2018, Eedris waxed a song in support of Buhari and wanted to join us, albeit for a fee. He then made desperate attempts to contact me through text messages from his phone number 07019691772.

“When I actually met with him, I listened to the songs but told him I didn’t have a budget for it or any budget at all.

“I clarified that my role was entirely voluntary. It was the same thing I told so many other so-called activists by day and hustlers by night who approached him secretly,” he explained.

According to Keyamo, Abdulkareem then claimed that he needed a loan to pay for his hotel bills totaling N1.3 million and to care for his “sick mother,” adding that “that was already running into more than N3 million.”

“He then turned to the fact that he needed a loan to pay for his hotel bills to the tune of N1.3 million and to provide for his ‘sick mum,’” the minister explained. This was already costing more than N3 million.

However, one government official called to tell me that he heard him another storey about his child being ill.

“He begged me to introduce him to (Abubakar) Malami (AGF), (Rotimi) Amaechi, and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), and to paint a nice ‘PR’ picture for him. He promised to help us in the campaign with his whole “body and soul.” But I knew he was a desperate hustler who could embarrass me at this stage, so I ghosted him.

“Shortly after this incident, when he was unable to infiltrate the system and obtain the money he so desperately desired, he supported Atiku (Abubakar) and named Buhari a ‘fraudster.’ But we chose to dismiss his feeble opposition.

“Following our victory, he went berserk and joined every protest against the same Buhari, whom he wanted to serve with his entire ‘body and soul,’ but needed money to do so. He has directly mentioned my name on many occasions, as though I were the source of all his problems in life.

“The most recent is the ‘jagajaga reloaded,’ on which he has waxed to express his annoyance at not being able to enter the scheme. His use of the word “chopping” reminds me of then-Minister Sunday Afolabi’s notorious remark that Bola Ige was invited to government to “come and chop!”

“I want to reassure Eedris and everyone else who thinks being in government is synonymous with ‘chopping,’ that for some of us (I can’t speak for others), it’s simply an honour to represent our country and an attempt to transition from being an armchair critic to a genuine participant in order to make a difference.

“At long last, we can all sit back and enjoy ‘jagajaga reloaded.’ One of the song’s goals is to call me out for ghosting him for attempted extortion, which he has now accomplished. Another goal is to help promote the song through my reaction, which he has also accomplished!”

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