By Michael Adesina and Taiwo Okanlawon
Indigenous artiste, Oluwafemi Oladapo, popularly known as Slimcase, is currently under fire over his comment about the death of Tina Ezekwe, the 17-year-old who was on Tuesday killed by a trigger-happy policeman in Lagos.
The 34-year-old had on Saturday on Instagram implied that he would rather focus on the death of American, George Floyd, a victim of police brutality in the United States which e described as a global pandemic, and leave the issue of Ms Ezekwe’s death to local news platform.
Justice for Tina became a trending topic after a trigger-happy police officer aimed at a bus diver who he was trying to arrest for violating curfew and in the process mistakenly shot the unarmed teenager who happened to be nearby.
On May 25, Minneapolis resident George Floyd was pinned facedown on the ground, in handcuffs, by a white police officer who pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill.
He was unresponsive when paramedics arrived, and he was pronounced dead later.
However, attack on Slimcase started when he tweeted a picture of George Floyd writing: “FAME AFTER DEATH… any positive blow wey I gats blow God Let me blow am now that I am alive not after I am dead 💀 😓 George A sacrifice for d change in black history #blacklivesmatters”
An Instagram user then responded, demanding to know why celebrities usually jump on issues abroad and turn a blind eye to issue that happens in their country.
The follower wrote; “Na America matter una always dey carry for head, why you no post that 16 years old girl police shoot for Lagos. Abi them never settle the girl matter finish?”
Slimcase then replied; “We are talking about a global pandemic here. Leave the Lagos girl for Channels to talk about.”
However, Twitter users have expressed outrage over Slimcases’s now-deleted comment.
See some reactions;
@drpenking: A pandemic is a DISEASE occurring over a wide geographic area and affecting an exceptionally high proportion of the population. Apart from being insensitive, Slimcase thinks that George ‘s death is a pandemic Clown faceClown faceClown face. It is a National embarrassment to be both INSENSITIVE and DUMB.
@bratty_nono: The Lagos culture is why agbero’s like Slimcase, Naira Marley and Zlatan have a voice today… “This is Lagos, shine your eye” a phrase that justifies irrational behaviour all in the name of being streetwise..hence thuggery and hooliganism have been enshrined and even glorified.
@EdmundOris: The more I read that Slimcase comment, the more disgusted I get. How foolish can one be? Nobody is saying don’t demand justice for George. But “leave the Lagos girl for channels” Misplaced priorities. Same “Lagos girl” that’ll play your music, come for your concert, Lagos girl.
@Baldilocks__: I can’t get over the fact that Slimcase literally said, “leave the Lagos girl for channels to talk about”. That Lagos girl was Tina who was gunned down by the police in Nigeria. It’s one thing to be more interested in the injustice in the faraway US. It’s another thing to be daft.”