By Tonia Okereke
Popular skit creator, Debo Adebayo, better known as Mr. Macaroni has taken to Twitter and Instagram to explain why he rejected the invitation of the Nigeria Skit Awards organisers to visit Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Aso Rock.
Macaroni using his verified @DeboMacaroni verified Twitter handle said though he was invited to the much criticised meeting with the VP, he turned down the invitation because he is not impressed with the current administration.
Taooma, Woli Agba, Josh2Funny have tried to explain to some disappointed fans that the meeting with Osinbajo was not to promote him, neither were they given ‘brown envelopes”. The comedians who were part of the team to Aso Rock said they rather used the opportunity of the meeting to share the opinion and needs of young people with the country’s number-2 man.
But Macaroni who chose not to attend the much publicised meeting said he can only hold discussions with politicians with the media as monitor. He also insisted that he will not be used by a politician to shine as the elections season is fast approaching.
Macaroni said: “Honestly, I have tried so hard not to say anything about this issue but I have seen some comments and conclusions that do not really sit well with me. My conscience will not allow me to keep mute. So I have to say what I know for my conscience and posterity.
“First, I do not think there is an association of skit makers. If there is, then I don’t know anything about it. And that would be fine because I am an Actor/Thespian first before the Tag “Skit Maker”.
“So I don’t think those that went to see the VP without me or anyone else meant to sideline me. I want to believe they were invited to see The VP by the organizers of an Award Ceremony the same way I was invited. The only difference is that I declined the invitation.
The reason I declined is simple. As a Citizen, I’m not happy with our leaders and I do not want to associate with them. It’s ok if others believe that sitting with the Govt will change certain things and decide to try it out. I don’t think they should be crucified for that”.
“I have just seen too much to know that The Govt sees and hears everything. They and their workers are always on the Internet. They know what we cry and complain about and they do nothing about it. So what will sitting down with them to tell them what they already know change?
“I don’t know what was discussed in that meeting as I wasn’t there. But I don’t believe those that went would go there to say anything other than demanding for better governance and leadership as we all have been doing all these while.
“Where I Stand is that this is election season. The politicians that have abandoned us for years will start coming back to us again to promise heaven and earth. We need to see beyond their deceit. All they care about is photo op. Look around, the PR work has started massively”, he added.
“When Politicians say they want to engage me, I always tell them to pick a public place, where all members of Press would be present. So that I can say my mind as I see it. When they are begging for votes, they come to us publicly. So why do u want to see me privately?
“I am no Hero or Saint. I am not Perfect. I am only a Concerned Citizen who wants a better Nation for myself and for every other Nigerian. I use my voice, my craft and my platform to do this and I have been greatly persecuted for it.
“This is who I am. It is who I have always been even before Fame. I have suffered so much for it and sometimes I ask myself why I am the way I am. But anytime I remember how many lives I have been able to impact positively, i am at peace with myself. I don’t think it would be fair to hold any other person by these standards.
“Hoping we all can promote Peace and Unity amongst ourselves and explore whatever means we dim fit to demand for a better Nation for ourselves and generations to come”, he further tweeted.
The tweets were warmly received with thousands of retweets and likes. Many of the fans of the comedian also took turns to commend his stand, with Obiora 34 @obiekudz saying, ‘See eh, Debo God must continue to bless you. MUST!!!”. Another positive reply came from Keem@Kaleni_Akeem, who stated:” It’s not just Nigeria as a country that is frustrating, you see youth of this generation ehn, make God just give us wisdom”.