Nigerian singer, Olawale Olofooro, better known as Brymo, has issued a public apology for his comments on the possibilities of the South-East producing a Nigerian president.
The singer had come under fire after he said an Igbo presidency would only be a “pipe dream” due to the agitation for Biafra from prominent people in the region.
“As long as there (are) talks by prominent people from Igboland about Biafra, an Igbo presidency will be a pipe dream,” Brymo tweeted.
Brymo, a supporter of the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, also urged southeasterners to test the waters with the vice presidential slot before aiming for the presidency.
His comments had sparked negative reactions on social media, with many tagging him a tribal bigot saying he is “Igbophobic.”
Going live on the social media platform, he said the issue started after he shared his opinion about author, Chimamanda Adichie, refusing national honours but accepting a chieftaincy title in her hometown, Abba, Anambra State.
Apologising, he said, “I did not insult the tribe, I am sorry to anyone who it sounded as such to. I was trying to weigh into a very important matter.”
However, in the early hours of Monday, he tweeted another apology saying, “Forgive my assertions that came across as bigoted spewings against the Igbo tribe, I did not mean to do harm, I am sorry!!”
His first apology came after thousands of Nigerians signed a petition to stop the singer from winning the All Africa Music Award, where he was nominated in the ‘Songwriter of the Year’ category.