Olaiya Igwe, the ace Yoruba actor, has pleaded with Nigerians over his actions during the 2023 election campaign for President Bola Tinubu.
In a video shared on his YouTube page and titled “apologies to all my fans”, the film star also called on Nigerians to stop hurling curses at him over the current economic hardship occasioned by Tinubu’s policies.
Olaiya said he has been receiving a wave of backlash since he went unclad to pray for Tinubu’s victory during last year’s elections.
He also attributed his actions during the campaign to a divine revelation he claimed to have received concerning Tinubu.
The actor said he does not blame the people raining insults at him because the Tinubu government has not met the citizen’s expectations.
“I went to the beach naked to pray for Tinubu based on revelation,” Olaiya said.
“I did that as payback for Tinubu, my benefactor. Nigerians, please don’t be angry. You see me as one of those who brought this hardship on the country. I accept. You are raining curses on me because you felt my going to the beach unclad to pray for Tinubu influenced you to vote for him. I’m sorry.”
The movie star also called on Tinubu to deliver his campaign promises to Nigerians.
“If you (Tinubu) fail to wake up to your responsibility, the curses I get daily you will also get,” he said.
“Had it been that things turned out good in the country since Mr Tinubu assumed office, those insulting and cursing me would have stopped.
“Nigerians are crying. That’s why everyone is angry. Even Nigerians in the diaspora are not happy with the present situation in Nigeria. I want to talk to our father, Tinubu. Daddy, (Tinubu) Nigerians are not happy; they are crying.
“Their expectations are not met. I know you are trying. You need to appoint a monitoring team to ensure they deliver on your plans and promises to citizens.”
Igwe’s comment comes a few days after Kwam 1, a well-known supporter of the former Lagos governor, expressed displeasure with the current situation in Nigeria.