Keyamo made the shocking revelation on his Twitter account on Saturday, April 24, 2021, following Eedris Abdulkareem's song Jagajaga Reloaded.
In the song, the artist takes a jab at the minister, saying "Where Festus Keyamo sef? He don dey chop with cabal o." Replying to the line, Keyamo chose to tell the story of the singer's "poor attempt at blackmail."
Festus Keyamo/Image Source: Twitter
In the thread, Keyamo says that in 2018 when he was named Director of Strategic Communications for Buhari's campaign, Eedris sang a song supporting him and wanted to join his camp for a fee.
Eedris allegedly made desperate efforts to see Keyamo via text messages on his phone. When the meeting finally took place, the minister listened to the song and told the artist that he (Keyamo) had not budgeted for such, explaining that his job was voluntary.
Eedris Abdulkareem/Image Source: Vanguard News
According to the politician, Eedris then switched to another angle, saying that he wanted to pay a loan for his hotel bills to the tune of N1.3 million and to take care of his sick mum. The total expense was running into more than N3 million.
As events would turn out, another government functionary told Keyamo that Eedris gave him another story; that it was his child who was sick.
Seeing that things were not going his way, Eedris begged Keyamo to introduce him to Malami (AGF), Amaechi, and the SGF, requesting that the minister paint a good 'PR' for him.
Eedris pledged that he was with Keyamo and the Buhari campaign with his 'body and soul'. At that point, the minister says he knew the singer was just a 'desperate hustler' and he 'ghosted' him.
Shortly afterward, when it dawned on Eedris that he could not penetrate the system to get the money he desperately needed, he endorsed Atiku, calling Buhari a fraudster. But Keyamo and his camp decided to ignore him.
After Buhari emerged victorious in the election, Eedris went 'beserk' and joined all the protests against President Buhari who he earlier said he would support with 'body and soul'.
Now, Keyamo says Jagajaga is an attempt to vent his frustrations at them for not getting into the system. See the thread below (with screenshots of the text Eedris sent Keyamo).
1.) Eedris Abdulkareem just released a song, ‘jagajaga reloaded’, where he waxed the following lyrics, “where Festus Keyamo sef? He don dey chop with cabal o”. I laughed out so loud and even danced to the rhythm too. But there’s a small story behind this poor attempt at blackmail— Festus Keyamo, SAN (@fkeyamo) April 24, 2021
2.) In 2018, when I was named the Director of Strategic Communications for Buhari Campaign Organisation Eedris waxed a song in support of Buhari & wanted to join us, albeit for a fee. He then made desperate efforts to see me through text messages from his phone no. 07019691772? pic.twitter.com/rpCh8uwVLB— Festus Keyamo, SAN (@fkeyamo) April 24, 2021
3.) When I finally met with him, I listened to the songs, but told him I had no budget for such or any for that matter. I explained that my job was voluntary. It was the same thing I told so many other so-called activists-by-day-and-hustlers-at-night who secretly approached me— Festus Keyamo, SAN (@fkeyamo) April 24, 2021
4.) He then switched to the fact that he wanted a loan to pay for his hotel bills to the tune of N1.3 m & to cater for his ‘sick mum’. That was already running into more than N3m. However, one govt functionary called me to say he told him another story that his child was sick ? pic.twitter.com/0v6mvyyvTy— Festus Keyamo, SAN (@fkeyamo) April 24, 2021
5.) He begged me to introduce him to Malami (AGF), Amaechi & the SGF and to paint a good ‘PR’ for him. He pledged that he was with us in the campaign with his whole ‘body and soul’. But at this point, I knew he was a desperate hustler who could embarrass me, so I ghosted him ?? pic.twitter.com/3yHzMJq3ZN— Festus Keyamo, SAN (@fkeyamo) April 24, 2021
6.) Shortly after this episode when he could not penetrate the system to get the money he so desperately wanted, he then endorsed Atiku and called Buhari a ‘fraudster’. See one of the links here... https://t.co/WZbS4noVcH. But we decided to ignore his weak voice of opposition— Festus Keyamo, SAN (@fkeyamo) April 24, 2021
7.) After our victory, he went berserk and joined every protests against the same Buhari whom he wanted to serve with his whole ‘body and soul’, but needed money to do so. He has been mentioning my name specifically at occasions as if I am the cause of all his troubles in life— Festus Keyamo, SAN (@fkeyamo) April 24, 2021
8.) Now, the latest is the ‘jagajaga reloaded’ that he has waxed to vent his frustrations at not getting into the system. His reference to me as ‘chopping’ reminds me of the gaffe of then Minister Sunday Afolabi who infamously said Bola Ige was invited to Govt to ‘come and chop’!— Festus Keyamo, SAN (@fkeyamo) April 24, 2021
9.) I wish to assure Eedris and any who think being in Govt is tantamount to ‘chopping’, that for some of us (I can’t speak for others) it is just an honour to serve our country and an attempt to move from armchair criticism to a real participant in order to make a difference.— Festus Keyamo, SAN (@fkeyamo) April 24, 2021
10.) Finally, we can all sit back and enjoy the ‘jagajaga reloaded’. One of the objectives of the song is to call me out since I ghosted him for attempted extortion - he has now succeeded. Another objective is to help promote the song by my reaction - that he has also achieved!— Festus Keyamo, SAN (@fkeyamo) April 24, 2021