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Petty: Environment minister unnecessarily calls out Timi Dakolo; musician responds

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Petty: Environment minister unnecessarily calls out Timi Dakolo; musician responds

The launch of the Ogoni cleanup exercise last week was successful. Yeah, there was the small issue of the president failing to show up after announcing that he would, but vice president Yemi Osinbajo represented him and the significant event went on smoothly.

So really, there was no need for the minister of environment, Amina Mohammed, to slyly tweet and call out the Bayelsa born musician, Timi Dakolo, who reportedly turned down an invitation from the government to perform at the event. “A big thank you to all who contributed to the success of Ogoni cleanup launch. I only wish Timi Dakolo accepted our invitation to perform,” she said.

In the scheme of things, Dakolo’s presence or absence was inconsequential. His ‘Great Nation’ song is one of the most important songs about Nigeria ever produced and a performance from him may have added colour to the event. But a no-show from him changes nothing. Even the president of the country was not present and the event managed to go on without him.

Besides, other celebrities and entertainers showed up. The minister was probably trying to whip up sentiments against Dakolo, who is a known supporter of former Pres. Goodluck Jonathan and endorsed him in the buildup to last year’s poll. She did not have to.

Dakolo has tweeted twice since the minister’s denunciation. Without mentioning her by name, it appears the tweets were made in reference to hers.

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