Nigerian comedian cum actor, Bright Okpocha, better known as Basketmouth, has come under heavy criticism for kicking off his comedy tour during the election season.
Naija News understands that Nigeria will be holding her general elections to elect the President and Vice President and major political seats on the 25th of Feburuay.
Despite the fact that Nigerians are preparing for the polls which is set to hold next month, the veteran comedian released his tour details around Europe and United Kindgom with theme ‘unprovoked’ set to run from the 12th to the 26th of Feburuay.
Reacting to the post shared online, fans of the comedian lashed at him for hosting a UK tour during Nigeria’s critical moment.
One disappointed fan, Moppie wrote, ”25th Feb in Hamburg? Na im be say you no go vote. Why nau”
Another fan wrote, ‘‘Great Ingenuity displayed. However, you should be in Nigeria on 25th February casting your votes. That is patriotism. Don’t play indifferent in this election. Encourage patriotism by voting and leading others too. Please.”
antykemzi_thrift_stores wrote, “Any celeb that won’t vote during this election, I can never take them serious, please if u want d good of this nation stay and vote before making any trip.”
INEC Did Not Check With Me
Responding to the backlashes, Basketmouth disclosed that he has been holding his show every Feburuay for 12 years and won’t change it because of the general election.
He said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) did not check with him and it was only fair he carried on with his show regardless.
He wrote: ”I have been hosting my UK tour every February for the past 12 years. Interestingly, there have been times when the elections coincided with my shows. Unfortunately, INEC has never deemed it fit to check with me before fixing the date for the elections. Since i Picked February to host my tour first, i think its only fair for me to ahead with the dates. Thank you.”