A petition has been launched against Nigerian singer Olawale Ashimi, also known as Brymo, for his comments on his Twitter page about Igbos.
The singer was chastised for claiming that an Igbo presidency would be a “pipe dream” because of the Biafra agitation.
Following criticism from fellow celebrities and fans, Brymo maintained his position, saying he was not sorry for his “anti-Igbo” remarks.
Brymo was nominated in the ‘Song Writer of the Year’ category for the All Africa Music Award in November 2022, alongside singers from other African countries.
As voting for the category is ongoing, some Nigerians has signed a petition to stop the singer from winning the award.
Citing his “hateful messages” against the Igbos, the petition noted that not winning the award would send a strong message to the singer.
The petition, initiated by one Charles Ogundele read, “Brymo recently put up a series of hateful messages on Twitter toward the Igbo tribe of Nigeria, going as far as retweeting a tweet which said that all Igbos are senseless.
“In one of his tweets, he wrote ‘f*ck omo Igbo’, which translates to ‘f*ck the Igbo people.’
“His actions are ones which spark disunity and hatred in a multicultural nation that Nigeria is.
“Preventing him from winning the All Africa Music Award would send a strong message to him, and people like him, that he can’t get away with such blatant ethnic bigotry.”
So far, the petition had over 3000 signatures.