Nigerian social media users have spent almost half of the day dragging artiste, Chike-Ezekpeazu Osebuka, professionally known as Chike, by the ears for claiming that travelling during the Yuletide period was a “primitive behaviour”.
The tweeps were riled up after the 27-year-old musician took to his official twitter account to advise Nigerians to stop travelling to the eastern part of the country for Christmas celebrations as it was unsafe, and therefore, “primitive”.
The actor and singer has, however, apologized for making the tweet claiming that he was misunderstood and was controlled by his emotions as he lost his friends, returning from a Christmas journey, to the cold hands of death.
“I believe my now-deleted tweet was misunderstood as it was an emotional one .This morning, 2 friends died on their road trip back from the village. I think the roads are too risky for everyone to be headed home & back. If you have been hurt, I sincerely apologize.”
This apology was accepted by some and further critized by others.
Below are some of the reactions that welcomed the Anambra state indigene’s comments.
Ato ka Asa@samchrismccoy: SeethisEwuwe aretryingtohelp, ‘damn East’ imagine…don’t worry you will hear from us.
Hard Truth@yournemesis2222: Oga, there was no sense in your tweet. You called the EAST “DAMNED” and the Igbo people “PRIMITIVE” That’s a Wokeness that makes no sense in all form. Even blocked people that made your music popular on this bird app. Enjoy Nna. No wahala.
Eze Udene Umunri@AdannaPapa: All Chike’s songs deleted..unfollowed on IG and Twitter..I remember when @AfamDeluxo nd @kingsleynovich made this Onyeala’s album an igbo project & we all jumped on it,hyped the album as our fellow nwanne.. Now see the territory this deluded fellow na ako…ya diba..lesson learnt
Dr PamPam | Omo Iya Ologi@UnclePamilerin: Chike already apologised but you are still dragging him because you want RT and likes. Oponu Ode. <Maybe he should cut his head for you, Alaseju
UG@UgwunnaEjikem: One big problem on TwitterNG is an inability to hold 2-3 independent truths simultaneously. Did Chike goof? Yes he did. Is canceling him & his music uncalled for, since he has explained what triggered it, deleted & apologized? Yes it is. Both aren’t mutually exclusive.
OBIAGU@obiag_u: If you’re dragging Chike for what he said, you’re right. If you’ve canceled him and his music that’s also good but let the rest of us that didn’t cancel him and his music be.
I’m Dammy@AyamDamiee: Chike said something wrong, he explained reasons behind his words and also apologized but accepting apologies on this app is a taboo cause you are meant to be perfect and without mistake. See ehn, I’m just glad y’all are not God cause If you’re God… Nobody go enter heaven.
Possy The Babe @possibleoge: Not Igbos dragging Chike for saying the truth! Why do y’all always wanna travel during Christmas holidays? Spend unnecessarily, risk your lives and everything and come back broke in January to start struggling afresh.
KeCee@kelechi_azuanya: Wokeness ndi iberibe, people just wake up to talk down on Igbo people
Jay @ChocoTaurean: Where do y’all see the energy to drag people? The east is not damned. It’s not primitive to visit the east during Christmas. Now, he has apologized for saying what was never even a fact. Why are you still pained??
sirepablogram@sirepablogram: You passed your message well, people think the only time they should travel is during festive periods! They road is too busy at that time. Less traveling will save a lot of lives as our roads are in deplorable conditions.
MIRROR MAN@DontCallMeEronz: People travel during festive periods because that’s the only period they can create time to spend with loved ones and family… What’s wrong with that ? If our roads are in deplorable conditions, we should get them fixed instead.
#EndPoliceBrutalityInNigeria We just want to live!@BestiePops: No one was hurt. I understand you Chike. Sorry for your loss.
Future Canadian @HarvardsTweetsHe called people going to their families for Christmas primitive behaviour. People were hurt, he has apologised. We move.
KeCee@kelechi_azuanya: Ranting and making caricature of the yearly trip down to the village shows the shallowness of your thinking, I feel you lack concrete knowledge of history as an Igbo man, I wish you spoke about bad roads, use same energy to drag govt & not insulting our sensibilities.
Mazi Olisaemeka C. ™@OlisaOsega: I can’t believe some of you are still on this Chike’s matter even after he has apologized. Is it that you people have been waiting for this opportunity to drag him or what?
Bros Iwi@TooSiQ: Because Chike got in his feelings and didn’t express himself the way you would have wanted, I should cancel him??? I need clarification..
Eze Udene Umunri@AdannaPapa: Accidents happen all over the world.. Even in safe America… Why will he call our region damned and our people primitive?
𝕄𝕒𝕔𝕙𝕒𝕒𝕝𝕒 𝕁𝕟𝕣.@kusssman: Chike didn’t cap , but make una do wetin you
Odogwu@Daddy_Nomso: It’s justifiable for Igbos to be mad at Chike for saying Traveling to the East for Christmas is Primitive but he has realized his mistakes & apologized. Lets allow him Mourn His friends that died today & understand his overreaction
Eze Udene Umunri@AdannaPapaAll chike‘s songs deleted..unfollowed on IG and Twitter..I remember when @AfamDeluxo nd @kingsleynovich made this onyeala’s album an igbo project & we all jumped on it,hyped the album as our fellow nwanne.. Now see the tirtorty this deluded fellow na ako…ya diba..lesson learnt
Dozie the changed man@dumakadozie: Oh Chike oh this is hard for me to say I’m gonna say it anyway I’ve fallen out of love with you.
Pastor Ola @Biisi96: You people once cancelled MR eazi and he’s doing far far better than he was then. Use your red biro however you like, I believe chike will be fine.
AUNTY ADA@AuntyadaaChike made one bad tweet. He deleted and apologized for it! This is someone that just lost two friends! He’s mourning fgs!!! Cut him some slack. This is even the first time I’d see him tweet something off! Talmbout “cut off”. If Na so God dey cut off, all of us for no dey again
STAN@OBaStann: Twitter for red biro about to cancel chike too….how will Chike feed now because nnkechi unfollowed him & deleted all his songs from her xender.